One thing my local Tory candidate David Morris loves to talk up (and perhaps other Tory candidates, too) is Enterprise Zones, the Government’s wheeze to enable business to pay less tax and not be subject to as many planning regulations.
Enterprise zones have attract £2.2bn in investment since launch in 2012.
If you do a Web Search You’ll have to scroll past pages of links to Enterprise Zone information from local councils around the country before you’ll find anything to counter claims about how wonderful they are, but it’s worth it to discover from TUC research that
a) that per head, job creation is expensive
b) Enterprise Zones actually don’t create a lot of new jobs but they do displace them when business relocates to pay less tax
c) For all their enthusiasm for the idea, the Tory government, which believes that economic growth and job creation should be led by the private sector, hasn’t really put enough government money into EZs to make them truly effective.
Read the 2011 analysis of Enterprise Zones here: http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/…/are-enterprise-zones-the-ans…
The government said it was building on previous experience to avoid the pitfalls of previous similar development schemes – you can read a briefing here (PDF): https://www.researchonline.org.uk/…/download.do%3bjsessioni…