Decision Report

Decision Maker:

Hampshire Economic Board

Date of Decision:

14 December 2009

Decision Title:

Action Plan for delivering the Economic Assessment Duty

Decision Reference:


Report From:

Director of Economic Development

Contact name:

Karen Narkiewicz


01962 845719



1. Executive Summary

1.1. The purpose of this paper is to set out a proposed timetable for delivering a Local Economic Assessment (LEA) for Hampshire in line with the statutory duty that will come into force in April 2010.

2. Contextual information

2.1. The purpose of the LEA was outlined at the meeting of the Hampshire Economic Board on 20 October.

2.2. At that meeting the Board approved the geographical parameters of the Assessment and the approach to stakeholder engagement. The Board expressed a preference for an analysis-led approach and agreed the main topics for focus under this method.

2.3. The Timeline attached in Appendix 1 illustrates the fit of the LEA with other strategies. The first LEA will not feed in seamlessly with the majority of these strategies but will be developed alongside them. However, a second LEA will be delivered in 2013 following the release of a body of data from the 2011 census, and this LEA will contribute directly to all major strategies with an economic element.

2.4. The Timeline attached in Appendix 2 shows the proposed political and technical processes involved in producing the LEA. The main body of technical work will be around sourcing and interpreting data. Much of this data is readily available but significant problems exist in either the availability or reliability of some data. Some of these issues will be resolved by the publishing of data from the 2011 census but some data will be drawn from separate pieces of work that will run alongside the LEA and contribute to it. An example of this is the Worklessness Assessment that will need to be completed as part of the requirements of the Future Jobs Fund contract.

2.5. The Timeline shows a key stakeholder event following consideration of the draft LEA by the Hampshire Economic Board. Some stakeholders are already asking to be briefed on the LEA, for example, at the request of the North Hampshire Economic Board a presentation has been made to the Board explaining the planned process. It is suggested that officers respond to similar requests as part of existing meeting arrangements. Once agreement has been reached with Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils it is suggested that a report be made to the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) Economic Delivery Panel. This will help clarify the relationship to work already commissioned by PUSH for a revised economic strategy.

3. Finance

3.1. The financial implications of the LEA were brought to the attention of the County Council at the meeting of the Hampshire Economic Board on 20 October.

4. Recommendations

4.1. That the Action Plan for the delivery of a Local Economic Assessment for Hampshire be approved.

4.2. That the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire Economic Delivery Panel be informed about the proposed common data sets and assessment themes and cross boundary working arrangements once these have been agreed between the County and City Councils.



Links to the Corporate Strategy

This proposal does not link to the Corporate Strategy but, nevertheless, requires a decision because:

Economic Assessment is a new statutory duty for principal authorities.

Other Significant Links

Links to previous Member decisions:





Economic Assessment Duty

Hampshire Economic Board

20 October 2009


Direct links to specific legislation or Government Directives



Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act


November 2009


Section 100 D - Local Government Act 1972 - background documents


The following documents discuss facts or matters on which this report, or an important part of it, is based and have been relied upon to a material extent in the preparation of this report. (NB: the list excludes published works and any documents which disclose exempt or confidential information as defined in the Act.)







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3. Climate Change:

a) How does what is being proposed impact on our carbon footprint / energy consumption?

b) How does what is being proposed consider the need to adapt to climate change, and be resilient to its longer term impacts?