Government Offices (GOs) work with Government departments and other partners to strengthen the economy in every region, working to reduce the gap in economic growth rates between the regions and ensure all regions are in the best position to recover from the economic downturn.
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There are three designated growth areas wholly or partly
in the Region: the whole of the London-Stansted-Cambridge-Peterborough
growth area and parts of the Thames Gateway and Milton Keynes & South
Midlands areas. In these areas, additional homes, jobs and infrastructure
will be provided over and above those already planned in Regional Planning
Guidance. The intention is that everyone should benefit from growth,
including existing communities - in other words growth will be
Historically, the Region has enjoyed high levels of
employment in relation to the rest of the UK, but, as with the rest of the
country, the recession resulted in job losses from 2008 and through 2009.
There also remain some communities with high levels of disadvantage where
residents had been unable to benefit fully from the growing prosperity of
the Region and were further affected by the downturn. The Region's skills
base remains patchy, with areas of educational underperformance, skills
gaps and shortages.
A full picture of the current and d forecast economic
and employment conditions in the region can be found on the Insight east
website at www.insighteast.org.uk