The Network was set up in 1994 to bring together the offices of individual central government departments in each region and so provide a more efficient and integrated service. The Network now works for thirteen central government departments, implementing policies and programmes on the ground, monitoring and reporting on local priorities and responding to civil emergencies.

Go to for more detailed information on how we have been involved with regenerating communities, fighting crime, tackling housing needs, improving public health, raising standards in education and skills, tackling climate change and community engagement, and reducing unemployment. In relation to our current planning function, please go to

Programme for Government

Programme for Government
The Programme for Government website sets out the the programme for partnership government over the next five years. You can view the website here.

Latest news

Reprieve for businesses as ‘unfair’ ports tax frozen

Many companies in ports across England will get a respite from their business rates bills as Government put a halt to demands for backdated charges. Read more...

Friday 28 May 2010

Reforms will tackle poverty and get Britain working again

The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith set out his vision today for improving the quality of life of the worst off in Britain. Read more...

Friday 28 May 2010

Legislation to enable more schools to become academies

An Academies Bill and an Education and Children’s Bill will be introduced to enable more schools to achieve academy status, give teachers greater freedoms over the curriculum and allow new providers to run state schools. Further details can be found on the  Department for Education website.

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Queen’s Speech 2010

The Queen today outlined the Government’s priorities for the coming Parliamentary year in the Queen’s Speech,  following the official state opening of Parliament. A transcript of the Speech and quotes can be found on the No 10 website.

Tuesday 25 May 2010

£6.2 billion savings announced

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne, and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon David Laws, announced details of £6.2 billion of savings from Government spending in 2010-11 to tackle the unprecedented £156 billion deficit, while protecting the quality of key frontline services.   You can view drafts of their speeches on the HM Treasury website.

Tuesday 25 May 2010