Local Enterprise Partnerships

It was fascinating to read the latest description of a two-tier Britain - in which meaningful job creation is lagging behind
Yesterday I attended a meeting of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) together with various Jobcentre Plus and DWP people in Stoke on Trent. Its purpose was to consider the above question. The Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb, was not there (he sent a supportive message).
The role of universities as catalysts of economic growth and as anchors in their region has been called out loud and proud in the Witty Review. And about time too I say - and especially pleasing for those of us who have been at the forefront of championing this vital positioning...
The Government has introduced core-funding to remove the reliance of LEPs on local authorities. For many this may seem confusing, given that deploying central government funding to minimise local government influence is surely still an example of government control.