Multi-area agreement

A multi-area agreement (MAA) was an English political framework that aimed to encourage cross boundary partnership working at the regional and sub-regional levels.[1] They were defined by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as voluntary agreements between two or more top tier (county councils or metropolitan district councils) or unitary local authorities, their partners and the government to work collectively to improve local economic prosperity.[2]

There were 15 signed off multi-area agreements in England:[3][4] However, these were folded into the new Local Enterprise Partnerships created by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government and were finally repealed under the Deregulation Act 2015.[5]

MAA name Local authorities Established
Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset: Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth, Portland July 2008
Greater Manchester Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan July 2008
Leeds City Region Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield, York, North Yorkshire: Selby, Craven, Harrogate July 2008
Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire: East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, New Forest, Test Valley, Winchester July 2008
South Yorkshire Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley July 2008
Tees Valley Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees July 2008
Tyne and Wear Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham, Northumberland July 2008
Leicester and Leicestershire Leicester, Leicestershire: Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, Oadby and Wigston January 2009
Liverpool City Region Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral January 2009
Pennine Lancashire Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire: Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley, Rossendale January 2009
Birmingham, Coventry and Black Country City Region Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton September 2009
North Kent Medway, Kent: Gravesham, Swale, Dartford September 2009
West of England Partnership Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire September 2009
Fylde Coast Blackpool, Lancashire: Fylde, Wyre October 2009
Olympic Boroughs Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest March 2010

Additionally there were five areas who were in negotiations with DCLG regarding the development of an MAA:[3]

  • Gatwick Diamond
  • Hull and Humber
  • Milton Keynes South Midlands
  • Nottingham
  • Regional Cities East


  1. ^ "Multi-area agreements (MAAs)". I&DeA. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  2. ^ CLG (2008). Delivering economic prosperity in partnership: The crucial role of the new local performance. Communities and Local Government Publications.
  3. ^ a b "Signed Multi-Area Agreements and areas working towards them". MAA Forum. Archived from the original on July 6, 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2010-08-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Research Briefings". Retrieved 2017-04-26.

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