Magazine article Public Finance

More Authorities Sign MAAs

Magazine article Public Finance

More Authorities Sign MAAs

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Twenty-three local authorities have signed up for the second wave of cross-boundary MultiArea Agreements, which aim to improve employment and training opportunities and strengthen rural Infrastructure.

The January 12 agreement sets up three MAAs in Merseyside, Leicestershire and the Pennine area of Lancashire.

By using the devolved powers available under MAAs, local authorities in Lancashire have agreed to widen the M65 motorway, develop new and improved rail services, and improve broadband networks to help improve their rural economy.

The Merseyside MAA will include a new skills and employment board designed to tailor training for the local job market as well as supporting self-employment.

The Leicester and Leicestershire MAA will provide financial help to bridge the gap for people coming off benefits and waiting for their first months pay cheque, as well as working with local universities to provide more accessible education. …

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