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Costly Government Bureacracy is Holding Back Growth, Councils and Businesses Warn

Businesses and councils are being hamstrung in their efforts to create jobs, build homes and invest in new infrastructure because of costly government-imposed bureaucracy and significant delays. New research, published today by the Local Government Association, reveals for the first time the true cost to councils and businesses of negotiating the maze of Whitehall bureaucracy when applying for growth funding. It shows the public purse is having to spend tens of millions on bidding for its own money.

Shared Intelligence was commissioned by the Local Government Association in January 2014 to undertake research into the fragmentation of central government funding for economic development and regeneration.

Read our report: Fragmented Funding

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