On 15 March 2023, the Chancellor announced that the central government support (core funding) for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England would be withdrawn from April 2024 with functions carried out by LEPs including business representation and local economic planning transitioning to local government. All residual funding, resources and assets previously allocated and utilised by the LEPs are also to be...

Economic inactivity is a key issue affecting the UK’s economy. Around 9 million people are currently estimated to be economically inactive (defined as people of working age not currently looking for work or unable to start work in the next two week period). Tackling economic...

We need to de-mystify foresight skills and make them everyday writes Ben Lee. The RSA’s new report A stitch in time? offers a blueprint for improving how we think about the future and foresight. Developing our ‘futures literacy’ means incorporatinig more of what we know and don’t know...

At Shared Intelligence we are convinced the time is ripe for Total Place #2 write Phil Swann and Tony Blake. Local councils and their partners face a combination of challenges that require close collaboration and engagement with local communities and businesses: responding to coronavirus; supporting economic recovery;...

What's the local vision and what structures will get us there writes Phil Swann. The government’s much anticipated devolution and recovery white paper looks set to be delayed. According to some reports ministers’ apparent enthusiasm for the creation of more unitary councils is rapidly waning. All of...

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