Regions plan is 'challenge to councils to innovate'

Today's response reinforces the local approach the Government is taking to grow the economy. Jobs are created in offices, on high streets and in industrial parks around the country, not in Whitehall.

We are giving more power than ever before to Local Enterprise partnerships and councils to drive growth in ways that best suit their local economy, not through diktats from central government bureaucrats.

This is also a challenge to councils to innovate, to come together and pool resources and functions, to better deliver economic development across their area.

– Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary

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Government backs regions plan

The Government has backed plans to devolve greater power to the country's regions. In response to Lord Heseltine's report No Stone Unturned, England's Local Enterprise Partnerships will benefit from £500,000 over the next two years.