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The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities have welcomed the evidence that local economic forums are delivering....
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities have welcomed the evidence that local economic forums are delivering.

Welcoming Audit Scotland's reporton LEFs, Willie Dunn, COSLA economic development and planning spokesman said:

'I am delighted to see this report confirms what we always knew, that local government, other public bodies and the business community are working effectively in partnership to streamline and improve the delivery of local economic development services.'

Audit Scotland found that LEFs:

* are beginning to eliminate overlap and duplication in supporting businesses

* have successfully delivered improvements and most of the financial benefits expected of them

* are generally working well and provide a solid basis for delivering the economic development component of community planning

* are engaging the business sector and shaping public sector business support services

Mr Dunn welcomed the evidence that LEFs are delivering but stressed that no-one would be resting on their laurels:

'Partnership working continues to develop, particularly through community planning. There are already signs across Scotland, borne out in Audit Scotland's report, of a blurring between the LEF and community planning processes. We need to build on this, remove any duplication that continues to exist and formalise the integration of the two. In this way, we can add further value to what each currently achieves.'

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