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.”