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Urban Areas: North East

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the recent Cambridge University Bennett Institute for Public Policy report entitled Townscapes, The North East, if she will undertake an assessment of the ability of the two North East Local Enterprise Partnerships to tackle decline in North East towns.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

On 24 July 2018, Government published “Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships” which sets out how Government and LEPs will work together to strengthen leadership and capability, improve accountability and manage risk, and provide clarity on geography.

Of the £3.4bn of Local Growth Funding that has gone to the Northern Powerhouse, £505.6m has been allocated by the North East and Tees Valley LEPs.

LEPs will also play a vital collaborative role in the successful delivery of £3.6bn Towns Fund- seven places in the wider North East have been named among the initial 100 places to benefit from this fund, including Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

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