EEF comments on today's report on LEP performance

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The National Audit Office has today issued a report looking at the performance of Local Enterprise Partnerships (https://www.nao.org.uk/report/local-enterprise-partnerships/)

The report identifies that the LEPs’ role and remit has expanded, but flags concerns over transparency, effectiveness and accountability.

Liz Mayes, North East Region Director at EEF, comments: “In the run up to the last election LEPs were asked to jump through political hoops and deliver shovel-ready projects - today's report from the NAO captures that.

“With the Local Growth Fund and Deals continuing, complemented by core funding certainty for delivery, Government must allow business-led LEPs to get on and deliver against strategic economic plans in the future rather than shorter-term political pressures. To do this properly, they must truly represent the views of the business community in their local areas – getting businesses from all sectors engaged will be critical to the ultimate success of devolution.”

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