City Region makes way for LEP

By on 26/01/2011 in News

The City Region partnership, which has worked to improve the area's economic prospects, is being wound up following the creation of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

The main reason the decision was today (January 26) taken by the City Region Growth and Prosperity Board is that the new LEPs will be carrying out similar roles in future.

The City Region was successful in attracting or helping to attract around £58million of grant and other funding to support delivery of a number of its policies – the most direct of these being £10.5million to support employment and skills policies in priority neighbourhoods.

Cllr Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council and chair of the outgoing City Region Board, said: Whilst we draw a line under the City Region, the lessons learned from our partnership will undoubtedly enrich the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP - and our neighbouring LEPs as well.

“The City Region has been influential in helping work with government around new funding mechanisms like ADZs (now known as TIF) which has been well received, and now we will take these into our LEPs.

“Similarly, our MAA was recognised by the government as one of the countries forerunners - and funding will continue to be received and deployed for a number of City Region workstreams to improve skills and employement levels.”

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For more information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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