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Economy National: the National Picture

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.

Delivering improvements in regional economic performance, in both rural and urban areas, is the joint responsibility of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Communities and Local Government and HM Treasury. All three departments shared a common goal of making sustainable improvements in the economic performance of all English regions by 2011. Over the long term, they aim to reduce the persistent gap in growth rates between the regions and demonstrate progress.

GOs play an important role in achieving this goal on behalf of these departments, providing feedback from regional businesses, local authorities and other key regional partners on proposed Government policies.

In 2009, GOs worked with Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and key regional partners to develop Regional Funding Allocation (RFA) documents that set out spending priorities for the regions.

The GO network have played an important role in developing and implementing policies to meet this goal, assisting regional and local partnerships and initiatives to join up and work on a range of government agendas.

GOs also support RDAs to deliver the Regional Economic Strategies to support increased and sustainable economic growth.

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