County seeks views on state of the economy

DEVON County Council is asking for the views of businesses, the public sector and the general public on a consultation document which gives an overview of the county s economy. From April of this year, all local authorities are required by law to assess t

DEVON County Council is asking for the views of businesses, the public sector and the general public on a consultation document which gives an overview of the county's economy.

From April of this year, all local authorities are required by law to assess the economic conditions of their area.

The Local Economic Assessment (LEA) will help councils to have a clear understanding of the conditions under which local businesses are operating. It will also support the future strategic direction for Devon, to improve the economy and quality of life for its residents.

The county council has compiled a consultation document, called Devonomics, which looks at the structure of the local economy, its labour market, the skills of its workforce and its economic geography, productivity and output.


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The council has also set up a website - www.devonomics.info - which will be a data resource for other public sector bodies, businesses and members of the public.

The County Council is now seeking views on the evidence it has gathered. In particular it wants to widen dialogue, participation and involvement from many sectors, including neighbouring councils, business groups, social enterprises, national parks and organisations such as the Environment Agency and Natural England.

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Councillor William Mumford, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said: "We are very keen that businesses, public sector bodies and the wider public look at this document and let us know their views. We need to know that we have an accurate picture of Devon's economy. This will help to inform future investment and, ultimately, deliver sustainable economic growth across the county.

"The Devon County Council team have worked hard to try and ensure this covers not just the council's boundaries but reflects the needs of the region and so will hopefully dovetail into the work of the emerging Enterprise Partnership."

The report can be found at: www.devonomics.info and any views can also be left there.

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