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REGIONS AND LGA CALL FOR MORE FLEXIBILITY

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Regional development agencies have joined the Local Government Association in calling for more local flexibility to...
Regional development agencies have joined the Local Government Association in calling for more local flexibility to meet national economic development priorities.

A joint working concordat also calls for a wider range of financial measures to tackle regional inequalities. It argues for an examination of fiscal measures for companies investing in deprived areas.

The two bodies welcome moves to devolve decision-making, and undertake improvements in employment, regeneration and economic development policy.

LGA chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham said: 'To work effectively, RDAs and councils must be given flexibility to deliver on local and regional concerns.'

A product of a series of meetings between LGA politicians and RDA chairs, the concordat sets out broad principles for joint working and restates their commitment to the economic, social and environmental well-being of regions.
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