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Economic Prosperity: The Sub-National Contribution
14 Nov 2007

The sub-national review of economic development reported in July this year. The purpose of this review is to strengthen economic performance in regions, cities and localities across England. The review proposed reforms in four key areas: Empowering local authorities to promote economic development; Support for local authorities to work together at the sub-regional level; Strengthening the regional level and central government’s relations with regions and localities. Following on from the Lyons Inquiry review which called for improved incentives for local authorities to promote economic prosperity and growth, this event explored the implications of the sub-national review on local economic development and understand how new local authority powers can be used at a regional and sub-regional level. Representatives from areas who have developed potential new Multi Area Agreement arrangements, in preparation for next year’s legislation, were there to share early experiences.