LEPs in Chaos

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5934
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you agree that the LEP model for London was not the Coalition Government’s most successful creation?

Answer

Answer for LEPs in Chaos

Answer for LEPs in Chaos

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The national LEP model reflects the Coalition Government's ambition to create a more effective and resource efficient model for regional economic growth than the RDAs, which were much more expensive and bureaucratic than LEPs. And as you will recall, in 2008 my Forensic Audit Panel identified failings in the LDA's leadership, governance and basic controls which led to an overall conclusion that "the former LDA board was ineffective". I therefore welcome the LEP approach in London compared to the old regime.

The London LEP reflects the model for LEPs across England but takes into account the unique governance arrangements we have - so its role in terms of transport and housing is not the same as other LEPs. This works well for us, and the LEP is has established itself as the lead body through which I work with London's boroughs, business and Transport for London to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London.

A good example of how the LEP is working well as a partnership body is the recent agreement with London's boroughs on a £70m programme of activity under the New Homes Bonus topslice, which demonstrates clearly how the LEP can work to bring together the boroughs, the GLA and London's businesses to deliver for Londoners.

[Note: The following are priority questions, but not in proportional order.]