Evo-North: 11 business-led Local Enterprise Partnerships unite to hijack funding formerly controlled by local authorities

Coming soon to a group of Local Enterprise Partnerships on your doorstep.

On 9 July 2018 it was announced that 11 Northern Local Enterprise Partnerships would join together as “Evo-North”:

“Christine Gaskell, chair of the Cheshire and Warrington LEP and vice-chair of NP11, said: “To translate the Northern Powerhouse concept into increasing impact requires new types of conversations across the region and at the heart of this collaboration are common goals which transcend local interests.”

Gaskell noted that the The NP11 will serve as a “strong coherent regional voice” with national government about the potential of an innovation-led economy for the North.”

http://www.publicsectorexecutive.com/Public-Sector-News/council-for-the-north-on-the-way-aimed-at-aligning-businesses-for-northern-powerhouse?dm_i=4WAR,1AG5,WEIUK,3PBB,1

Now we see the full take-over of former local authority funding by this new business-led UNELECTED group as a press release publicising one of its forthcoming events makes clear:

“Following last month’s announcement from Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry that 11 LEPs will form the government-funded body ‘NP11’ to act as a modern-day ‘Council for the North’, last week, a cross-party group of MPs called for £100bn investment to transform the north of England’s transport by 2050 and for the date of Northern Powerhouse Rail to be brought forward to 2032.

This makes EvoNorth the perfect opportunity to put your products and services in front of the budget-holders who are actively seeking them. You get the opportunity to ask questions and network with the people responsible for delivering the Northern Powerhouse by attending this exclusive event. You can benefit from branding and exhibition opportunities by contacting the events team on 0161 833 6320, and you can also submit an enquiry or click here to contact us by email.

EvoNorth is an important event and platform where the Northern Powerhouse is discussed and debated across a wide range of topics including skills, employment & apprenticeships; digital revolution and innovation; health and social care; wellbeing & fulfilment; and infrastructure, business and inward investment.

It stands out from the crowd with its immersive series of lively and engaging Q&As, roundtable discussions, workshops and exhibitions. You can be a part of this exciting opportunity by attending, exhibiting or sponsoring: just contact the events team on 0161 833 6320, submit an enquiry or click here to contact us by email.”

https://cognitivepublishing.co.uk/4WAR-1AG5-B6WEIUK95/cr.aspx

So, very, very soon our district, our county and our region will almost certainly be in the grip of these unelected business people who have already shown their conflicts of interest countless times.

And we can do nothing to stop them …. unless the Conservative government which has enthusiastically x nay zealously – driven this initiative is removed from power.

2 thoughts on “Evo-North: 11 business-led Local Enterprise Partnerships unite to hijack funding formerly controlled by local authorities

  1. In case no one has cottoned onto this yet…

    LEP’s are simply another example of the government pursuing a privatisation agenda without being open and honest about their intents.

    LEP’s are quite simply a privatisation of Local Government, no more or no less.

    Now we can debate the merits of privatising Local Government – maybe there is an argument, or maybe there isn’t…

    But pursuing it as a secret agenda, calling it something innocuous like LEP, disallowing debate, using blackmail to get policies through (you can’t have funding unless you agree to a Super Mayor for example) – this is simply NOT DEMOCRACY.

    (Ditto for Academy Schools = Privatisation of public sector education, NHS Accountable Care Organisations = Privatisation of the NHS etc. etc.)

    WAKE UP PEOPLE AND START COMPLAINING BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!!

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  2. Unfortunately it isn’t clear that even removing the Tory government will solve this one. Labour councils have supported the Tories’ so-called devolution and at Devon County Council, voted for it against the Independents, Lib Dems and Green councillors. I’m not sure if Labour nationally even has a clear idea of what they would do.

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