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Supporting local economic growth

Inquiry

Successive governments have tried to address regional economic disparities and raise productivity through a range of interventions, such as the £12 billion government committed to the Local Growth Fund between 2015-16 and 2020-21.

In the 2020 Spending Review, and 2021 Budget, government reiterated its intention to “level up opportunity across all regions of the UK” through a series of measures for supporting local economic growth.

These include the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (which will replace EU funding for economic development), the creation of eight new Freeports in England, and the continuation of the Towns Fund.

The government has also announced its ambition to “build back better” from the COVID-19 pandemic, and create growth throughout the UK, with no region left behind.  

The Committee will question senior officials at DLUHC, HM Treasury, BEIS and DfT on what government has learned and applied from previous local growth programmes. It will examine:

  • whether government understands what has been effective in supporting local economic growth;
  • whether current plans for supporting local economic recovery apply lessons learned from previous programmes; and
  • whether government is putting in place effective plans for monitoring, overseeing and evaluating its new local growth interventions.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Wednesday 23 February 2022 18:00.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 23 February 2022.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Fifth Report - Local economic growth
Inquiry Supporting local economic growth
Committees Public Accounts Committee
HC 252
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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2 March 2022
Inquiry Supporting local economic growth
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Oral Evidence
SLG0001 - Supporting local economic growth
Witnesses Professor Oliver Mallett (Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Stirling), and Dr Robert Wapshott (Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Haydn Green Institute, Nottingham University Business School)
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
SLG0002 - Supporting local economic growth
Witnesses Professor Martin J. Smith (Anniversary Professor of Politics at University of York), Professor David Richards (Diamond Professor of Public Policy at University of Manchester), and Dr Sam Warner (Research Associate at University of Manchester)
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
SLG0003 - Supporting local economic growth
Witnesses Historic England
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence

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  • Email: pubaccom@parliament.uk
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  • Address: Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA