Manchester City Council

What future for the ******

It was the AGM of 4NW the ******al Leaders Board this morning over at Manchester Central. We last met three weeks ago in Wigan and discussed what sort of arrangements we needed to support economic development in the ****** in the future and what future there was if any for 4NW itself.

Since then the political landscape has changed enormously with Government announcing that ******al development agencies are to be abolished and all local authorities being written to inviting them to put draft proposals for local enterprise partnerships. The same letter indicates that government proposes centralising a number of functions including inward investment, investment fund management and business support. These centralising proposals carry real risks for Manchester and the North West and indeed virtually every other region outside the M25. The key discussion at this mornings meeting was about how we respond to all this particularly when there is very little detail available about what is being proposed. That absence of detail was one of many reasons that we did not come to any final conclusions. We agreed that in principle the North West needed the capacity to speak with one voice particularly when lobbying government on cross local authority issues, that 4NW should continue on a reduced basis until April next year and in the intervening period we would have a small subgroup of Chief Executives, one from each of the five subregions plus two representatives from the private sector developping the principles for cross-******al work and as more detail becomes available what a new ******al architecture might look like.

Tomorrow will be the last ever performance in the current Library Theatre but the company will continue, hopefully before too long in a new and far superior permanent home.

Make a comment



There are 3 responses to “What future for the ******”

  1. Billistic Says:

    You missed one, 3rd sentence, 2nd paragraph:
    "These centralising proposals carry real risks for Manchester and the North West and indeed virtually every other region outside the M25."

  2. Duke Fame Says:

    The problem was the regional development agencies as they were essentially rubbish.So often the initiatives would just take business away from doing things in a logical way in order to tick boxes. It's right to get rid of them

  3. Alex Says:

    Why on earth is region starred out?:
    "It was the AGM of 4NW the ******al Leaders Board this morning over at Manchester Central. We last met three weeks ago in Wigan and discussed what sort of arrangements we needed to support economic development in the ****** in the future and what future there was if any for 4NW itself."

 

About

The blog of the leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Richard Leese.

Recent posts

Archives