Detail of outcome
We received 72 completed response forms, primarily from Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) or Local Authorities (LAs). Of these, 89% broadly supported the principles for developing the 2014 to 2020 Assisted Areas Map set out in Stage 1. A further 32 responses were received by letter, mainly from businesses. Almost all were in support of LEP or LA responses for their area. The economic information received proved very useful when developing the draft map issued for Stage 2 consultation.
The second stage consultation on the draft Assisted Areas Map which included the government response to the first stage, was published on 18 December 2013. The purpose of the Stage 2 consultation was to seek views on the draft Assisted Areas Map, taking into consideration the government’s response to the Stage 1 consultation, and the need to comply with the Commission’s regional aid guidelines.
Under EU legislation, regional aid may be granted to undertakings, typically businesses, within Assisted Areas. The government is currently reviewing the Assisted Areas Order that came into force in 2007.
The government is consulting on the 2014 to 2020 Assisted Areas in 2 stages:
- stage 1: in August and September 2013 we are consulting on common principles for drawing the 2014 to 2020 Assisted Areas Map to gather local feedback about potential economic opportunities where regional aid could be used to support disadvantaged economies
- stage 2: we will publish a draft Assisted Areas Map for consultation in the winter of 2013 to 2014
Subject to European Commission agreement, the 2014 to 2020 Map is expected to come into effect on 1 July 2014.
See the current map of Assisted Areas in Great Britain 2007 to 2013.
- local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in England and local authorities (LAs) in Scotland and Wales should respond using form 1, and also provide the maps requested in paragraph 128 of the consultation document
- other interested parties should respond using form 2
The Welsh Government has published summaries of this consultation in English and Welsh: