Trade & Industry Committee
Support to Businesses from Regional Development Agencies
HCP 118, 5th report of session 2003-04
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Nine Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) were launched in 1999 to drive economic development and regeneration in their respective regions in England. Initially, they were dependent on discrete funding streams from several Central Government departments.
Due to changes in funding arrangements introduced in 2002, RDAs now have greater autonomy to determine their own spending priorities, although they have to meet a range of performance targets overseen by the DTI.
The Committee's report focuses on the business support activities of RDAs, and findings include that both the RDAs and the Government are still coming to terms with the changes in roles and funding relationship.
RDAs can play a valuable role in developing their regional economies and helping businesses located there, but in order to do this they need greater control and authority in terms of strategic implementation. Even if this is achieved, expectations must remain realistic, given that the policies that most affect businesses are determined at national, rather than regional, level.
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