Local Area Agreements (LAAs) and Multi-Area Agreements (MAAs) - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 16 July 2013 | Standard notes SN03168

Authors: Mark Sandford

Topic: Local government

Local Area Agreements were a key mechanism for local partnership working from 2004 to the end of the Labour Government in 2010. They also became an integral part of the local government performance management system. LAAs formalised partnership working between central and local government and other public sector delivery partners into statutory plans agreed every 3 years. After initial pilot rounds, every top-tier local authority became responsible for negotiating an LAA with local public, private and voluntary partner organisations. These LAAs were then “signed off” by the relevant Government Office for the region, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

This note provides background information on developments around LAAs and on the development of Multi-Area Agreements. It also notes their demise and their planned formal abolition by the Coalition government.

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