Might be interesting to keep an eye on these. How accountable will they be? Will they be better than the bodies scrapped in last week cuts?
Local councils and local business will take charge of the local economy as the first 24 local enterprise partnerships have been given the go-ahead, by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles and Business Secretary Vince Cable, to drive growth and create jobs.
In a landmark move the first successful partnerships will see business and councils deliver a new local dynamism that will encourage economic growth and protect business (see link to map, top right).
The Government is determined to rebalance the economy and promote sustainable economic growth fairly across the country, and away from the arbitrary regional boundaries that were used previously. Local Enterprise Partnerships will mean that the people who know their area best will be calling the shots.