To find out more about our training offer – including long and short courses, and in-house training for local authorities – click here.



Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Tackling the governance and scrutiny of Local Enterprise Partnerships – Birmingham – now 3 for 2!

March 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Key drivers of local growth – but are they accountable?

This one day, seminar style event will focus on the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), their relationship to local authorities and provide attendees with skills, knowledge and ideas to better engage with them. A practical event which CfGS hopes will help plug some of the potential democratic deficit which currently exists


Local growth is a central priority for councils – whether shire districts, counties or unitaries – for two reasons. Firstly, councils want to promote economic growth to enhance the prosperity of local residents – improving people’s lives to increase the level of high quality employment, taking pressure off demand-led services and reducing deprivation in the process. Secondly, local growth is good for councils’ balance books. As national debate on the localisation of business rates intensifies, we can be certain that the critical importance of this funding stream will catapult economic development to the top of every council’s agenda.

CfGS has a track record in helping councils to grapple with and understand these kinds of challenges. Councillors will want and need to assure themselves that decisions made by councils, and their partners, delivers the kind of growth outcomes that will make a real, positive different to local people. There has to be democratic oversight of this activity.

The need for this oversight and accountability is particularly urgently felt in the case of LEPs. These bodies have huge responsibility for large amounts of public money – money which they can decide how and where to invest to promote growth across the areas for which they have responsibility. Increasingly, too, Government recognising that shortcomings in their governance exist. 

Councils may have tried to engage with LEPs in the past and been rebuffed. They may think that attempting to “hold LEPs to account” is a fruitless endeavour. But this position is changing. Now is the time to rethink how scrutiny of LEPs works in practice – in the context of a more reflective governance environment amongst LEPs, at national and local level. In so doing, scrutiny can and should find itself at the heart of securing a financially sustainable future for local people, and for councils themselves – a critically important role that it would be dangerous to neglect or let pass by.

Tools to better engage with LEPs

CfGS is holding two seminars, in Birmingham and Leeds, to explore with scrutiny practitioners how they can capitalise on these opportunities and place scrutiny on the stage as an important partner in the growth agenda. These practically-focused workshop-style events will aim to give delegates the tools necessary to return to their councils and begin the task of LEP relationship-building – yielding real results quickly. Reflecting the importance and timeliness of this work, we are offering this workshop to delegates at a discount on our usual rates, to maximise the opportunity to secure attendance from members and officers from as wide a range of councils as possible.

The outcomes of these workshops will be used to influence and inform national research with CfGS continues to carry out on LEP governance, and local accountability systems for LEPs.

Draft agenda

10.00   Welcome and introductions, aims and objectives

10.45   LEP governance: the background

11.30   LEP governance: good practice in scrutiny

12.15   Lunch

13.00   Exploring the rationale and practice of LEP scrutiny in more detail

13.10   “LEP scrutiny”, or scrutiny involving LEPs?

13.40    Building relationships

14.10    Understanding and analysing information

14.50    Making a difference

15.30    Action planning

16.00    Close

This event is now offered on a buy three places get one free – that means three delegates can attend for £260 + VAT. This discount is applied automatically at check-out.





March 28, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Centre for Governance and Scrutiny
020 3866 5100
View Organiser Website


Birmingham Conference and Events Centre
Hill Street
Birmingham, B5 4EW
+ Google Map
View Venue Website