Merseyside: implications of objective 1 status and the government office

P. Boland, M. Mannin, J. Wallace

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The designation of Objective 1 status for Merseyside by the European Union (EU) in July 1993 presents an important opportunity to escape from the long term spiral of social and economic decline which has plagued Merseyside for many years. In parallel with this development has come a significant reorganization of the structure of government offices in the English regions. This article considers the experience of European funding and the implications of Objective 1 and the establishment of the new Government Office for Merseyside. The Commission of the European Communities (CEC) seeks to encourage local authorities to cooperate with other local institutions to produce regional development strategies to provide a backcloth for European funding. Central Government, through a co-ordination team of civil servants, the Merseyside Task Force (MTF), collaborated with five Merseyside local authorities and public, private and voluntary sector agencies in the region to produce Merseyside 2000, which sought to make the case for Objective 1 status for Merseyside. It was not until July 1994 that the Single Programming Document (SPD) for Merseyside's Objective 1 package was finally accepted. The resultant strategy is based upon five economic drivers: big companies; small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); technology transfer; leisure industries; and human resources. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)698-705
Number of pages8
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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