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Local Strategic Partnerships

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to extend the scope and flexibility of local area agreements. (77108)

Since the launch of LAAs in July 2004, their scope, and the opportunities they offer to local areas, have grown with each round. We have, in particular, seen a significant increase in the number of funding streams capable of being pooled, the introduction of automatically pooled funding streams, the launch of a new economic development block and the trialling of an increasing number of single pot agreements.

LAAs are rapidly becoming key to the way central Government and local areas do business together. We will continue to refine the LAA framework in the light of experience and in the wider context of the local:vision agenda.