Cornish bid for Regional Development Agency successor

Money in till David Cameron said the county would better know what local business needs were

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Cornwall's proposal for a replacement for the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) has been submitted to the government.

The bid favours the formation of a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Economic Partnership to be led by the private sector.

The Cornwall County Council-backed plan has been delivered to the coalition in its document, "Empowering Enterprise"

If the bid succeeds, a partnership group would be set up next spring.

This would involve councils, businesses, colleges and communities, working together to boost the economy, employment and the standard of living of residents, the council said.

A new structure would mean more local decision making, it added.

The coalition government is scrapping the South West RDA - which covers an area stretching from Swindon in Wiltshire to Penzance - because it "didn't work", Prime Minister David Cameron told people in Cornwall in July.

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