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DAILY MONITOR: Heseltine, remove civil service pay curb, give EU funds to local areas


Lord Heseltine on the economy

The Daily Telegraph

I believe there are many areas where government should stand aside completely. But I have learnt that there are some things that only government can do to drive growth.

We need a number of significant changes to provide a stable yet flexible architecture for the future. These include:

  • Creating a National Growth Council chaired by the Prime Minister, to ensure all parts of government play their part;
  • Inviting local business partnerships to bid for significant funding from central government on a competitive basis every five years to build local economic growth;enhanced role for chambers of commerce in helping develop the capabilities of businesses;
  • Devolving funding for the skills system to improve its alignment with the needs of local economies;
  • Injecting greater urgency into the planning system;
  • Improving public procurement by employing an experienced chief procurement officer in every department;
  • Allowing all county councils to move to unitary status;
  • Incorporating business engagement far deeper into the school curriculum.

I am positive that if we work together, we can build a strong, sustainable future for the British economy – one we can be proud to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

Other recomendations

  • A stronger system of Local Enterprise Partnerships would be able to bid for funds.
  • Civil servants: Civil servants should form “growth teams”.
  • Councils should all become unitary authorities and would have a legal duty to promote development.
  • Whitehall money should be allocated to regional bodies.
  • Regulation: The private sector should help draft regulation.
  • Civil Service pay curbs should be removed.
  • local areas: Europe Funding for deprived regions should be given directly to local areas.
  • Whitehall should identify EU regulations well in advance.
  • Ministers should visit Brussels to “put Britain on the front foot”.
  • Airports and energy The decision on airport expansion should be brought forward from 2015. The Government also needs a “definitive” energy policy to give the sector “certainty to invest”.


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