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Title: COMMISSION ON NON-METROPOLITAN GROWTH


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COMMISSION ON NON-METROPOLITAN GROWTH
Kamal Panchal, LGA kamal.panchal_at_local.gov.uk 020
7664 3174
www.local.gov.uk
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  • Independent Commission on Economic Growth and the
    Future of Public Services in Non-Metropolitan
    England
  • Input from around 60 orgs
  • Published 5th March
  • http//tinyurl.com/ljvwhq4

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The Commissioners
  • Sir John Peace (Chair), Chairman of Standard
    Chartered plc and Burberry Group plc and Lord
    Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
  • Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE, Chairman,
    VisitEngland
  • Stephen Gifford, Head of Economic Regulation at
    the Civil Aviation Authority,
  • Sir Tony Hawkhead, CE Action for Children
  • Grainia Long, CE Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Professor Henry Overman, Professor of Economic
    Geography, LSE
  • Jane Ramsey, Chair of Cambridge University
    Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lord Teverson, Chair of the Rural Coalition

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The brief
  • The Commission was tasked by the LGA to
  • review the economic, social and demographic
    trends facing non-metropolitan areas
  • assess their strengths and challenges, and
    identify in particular where their most powerful
    potential for future economic prosperity lies
  • review steps taken so far by businesses and the
    public sector to meet those challenges and
    promote growth
  • and make recommendations about the most effective
    further steps which business and the public
    sector could take to promote growth, jobs, and
    improvements in peoples lives.

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What is non-met?
  • Deliberately imprecise - Not conurbations, Local
    government county, unitary and district working
    together
  • As the engine room of England, driving Englands
    economic growth with 56 of Englands economic
    output and
  • The bedrock of small and medium enterprises
  • But also the home to many multi-national
    companies such as BMW, Airbus, Honda and Toyota
  • More FTSE 100 companies headquartered in the NMAs
    than in any other part of England outside London
    plus large privately owned companies such as JCB
    and Dyson.

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7 clear recommendations
  • Prosperity
  • Skills
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and transport,
  • Housing
  • Digital connectivity
  • Investment in infrastructure
  • Governance

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Skills
  • Give local partners the responsibility for
    managing and commissioning local skill services
    in the interests of local learners and
    businesses, including
  • devolving the skills funding still managed
    nationally to local level (including 16-19
    provision)
  • managing college mergers or closures, and
    facilitating market entry by new providers such
    as University Technical Colleges
  • developing much better local evidence on the
    value of courses to help learners decide on the
    option that gives them the best chance of a job

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2. Foreign Direct Investment
  • Encourage further investment in non-metropolitan
    areas by encouraging locally-led promotion of
    Foreign Direct Investment in local areas that
    complement and add value to the existing UK-wide
    approach.

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3. Planning and Transport
  • Take decisions on spatial and transport planning
    at the level of the economic area through the
    groupings of boroughs. This requires further
    devolution of transport powers to localities from
    Whitehall, including
  • bringing all capital and revenue funding for
    transport into a single pot
  • transferring bus subsidies and bus service
    operators grant to groupings of councils and
    giving councils the option of franchising
    services
  • greater local influence over rail franchising
  • co-producing plans for strategic roads with the
    successor to the Highways Agency.

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4. Housing
  • Establish council-led local development
    corporations to own land, fund and provide
    infrastructure, plan and commission the
    construction of significant housing developments.

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5. Digital Connectivity
  • Adopt a strategy for future digital
    infrastructure which radically overhauls the
    current model of funding and commercial
    viability. Make the investment case to a
    multiple of private sector providers and
    developers for the economic benefits of extending
    broadband infrastructure even further into rural
    England.

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6. Investment in Infrastructure
  • Conduct an urgent review of the decision making
    process and funding for capital projects with the
    aim of revitalising investment in local
    infrastructure. The review should identify the
    infrastructure investment that is best delivered
    centrally and that which should be delivered
    locally to achieve a better central/local balance.

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7. Governance
  • Strengthen future governance arrangements in
    non-metropolitan areas to reduce duplication,
    strip out any bureaucratic waste and length in
    decision making which can hold back growth and
    public service reform.
  • Relevant appropriate no one-size fits all
  • Greater devolution requires stronger
    collaboration and stronger governance
  • Not just local government reform, but central
    government to examine the geography and structure
    of sub-regional delivery

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Next steps
  • Finance commission
  • Cities Growth commission
  • Non-met growth commission

Developing a vision of local governance and
accountability for 2020
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The Commissions - key messages
  • Devolution is critical if we are to reform public
    services in a way that ensures sustainability and
    enables economic growth.
  • Devolution goes hand-in-hand with greater
    collaboration across areas breaking down
    traditional service boundaries and better
    equipping local government and its partners to
    meet the needs of citizens.
  • A steady devolvement of powers that is varied and
    tailored to each region is required. Its not a
    one size fits all approach, but rather a case
    of enabling those areas that a ready now, and
    creating the right environment for others in the
    longer term.
  • Greater flexibility over spending and borrowing
    is vital place- based budgets, multi-year
    settlements and local freedoms around council
    tax, fees and charges.

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Thank you
  • E nonmet_commission_at_local.gov.uk
  • W www.local.gov.uk/non-met-commission
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