This report will consider how well government has learned and applied lessons from previous local growth programmes.
Government actions can have a major impact on economic growth - locally, nationally and internationally. For example, government can make it easier to access finance, resources and innovation; it can improve workforce skills and competition; create infrastructure and make tax, regulatory regimes and planning systems easier. Growth also depends on many non-government factors, including changing technology and new international markets.
As the factors driving growth are so complex, it's hard to share lessons - as no two situations are the same. However, there are lessons to help government support growth. Growth programmes often need to be coordinated across government. They require careful planning and balancing between the long-term nature of growth and the shorter-term nature of policy decision-making - see also Managing major projects and Environmental sustainability. Although it will always be hard to assess how much growth has been affected by any one action, there are examples of good practice evaluation - which can then be used to plan future activities.
This framework is intended as a useful tool for policymakers and regulators overseeing any given market.
25 May 2021
This report will examine the Department for International Trade’s progress with trade negotiations, including converting existing EU trade agreements.
This report applies experience from auditing cross-government challenges to highlight the risks government needs to manage to achieve net zero.
4 Dec 2020
This report considers what the Superfast Broadband Programme has delivered and the lessons for government’s roll-out of nationwide gigabit broadband.
16 Oct 2020
This report examines Department for International Trade (DIT) and UK Export Finance (UKEF) progress and performance in supporting UK exports.
15 Jul 2020
This report examines whether the British Business Bank is improving access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises.
15 Jan 2020
This report examines the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s management of its business support schemes.
15 Jan 2020
This report examines MHCLG’s addressing of recommendations relating to the governance, transparency and value for money of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
7 May 2019
DCLG has made good progress in its design of 100% local business rates retention but faces a challenging timescale for delivery.
29 Mar 2017