BERR will lead on three public service agreements (PSAs) in the period covered by the recent comprehensive spending review, i.e. 2008-11:
PSA 1: Raise the productivity of the UK economy;
PSA 6: Deliver the conditions for business success in the UK;
PSA 7: Improve the economic performance of all English regions and reduce the gap in economic growth rates between regions.
PSA 1 and PSA 6 target change in the whole economy and the underlying policies apply to businesses across the board, whether rural or urban.
PSA 7 on regional economic performance aims to ensure that the Government’s policies nationally, regionally and locally are aligned to maximise the potential for sustainable economic growth. Recognising that there may be trade-offs between policies to lift growth at different spatial scales, the delivery plan commits the Government to carry out further analysis to examine the trade-offs and, in particular, minimise the risk to increasing disparities between peripheral rural areas and other parts of a region.