Published: 9th May 2019

The government has been strongly criticised for not having enough measures in place to ensure local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are delivering value for money. A new report by the National Audit Office warns the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has made ‘no effort’ to evaluate the value for money of the £12bn allocated to LEPs between 2016 and 2021 and ‘nor does it have robust plans to do’. The report adds that the Whitehall department must act if it wants to have ‘any hope of learning the lessons of what works locally’ for future schemes, including the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund. There are currently 38 LEPs in England, each operating across more than one local authority. According to the watchdog, the government has committed £12bn to local areas in England between 2015-16 and 2020-21. Of this, £9.1.bn has already been allocated through growth deals negotiated between … (To read the full article, subscribe below)