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Local Enterprise Partnerships: an update

Established in 2010, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are partnerships between local authorities and local businesses to support local economic growth. The government sees the 38 LEPs as key to delivering its new industrial strategy through the development of local strategies in the context of the future UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  

We have previously reported on the performance, oversight and governance of LEPs in 2016, and in 2017 we investigated concerns raised by Stephen Barclay MP about the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP. This report will update Parliament on more recent developments concerning LEPs, including changes in the local growth landscape since 2016; the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s efforts to strengthen the governance and transparency of LEPs; and LEPs’ spending and performance since we last reported in 2016.  

If you would like to provide evidence for our study, please email the study team on enquiries@nao.org.uk putting the study title (Local Enterprise Partnerships: an update) in the subject line. The team will consider the evidence you provide; however, please note that due to the volume of information we receive we may not respond to you directly. If you need to raise a concern please use our contact form.