"Ministers have confirmed their intention to abolish RDAs [Regional Development Agencies] and support the creation of Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs), to be in place by March 2012 at the latest. They have also indicated that some of the RDAs' current functions will continue at a national, rather than local level.
The Government has stated that a White Paper will be published in the autumn which will give greater detail and, we expect, clarify a number of issues – such as which work will be carried out locally, which nationally and which not at all.
RDAs accept this change is coming, and are committed to helping ensure as smooth a transition to the new arrangements as possible. Our main task in the meantime remains to support economic recovery and future growth."
(England's Regional Development Agencies, 2010)
"EM Media is the Screen Agency for the East Midlands region of England.
EM Media invests in East Midlands based creative talent, supporting and developing projects and activities which meet our business aims....
EM Media works in partnership with a range of organisations at a local, regional and national level including the UK Film Council, the East Midlands Development Agency and Screen England; the network of English Screen Agencies."
"Writing East Midlands is the writing development agency for the East Midlands. We support and advocate writing in the East Midlands, create opportunities for writers and discover new writers of quality. We advocate for investment in the literature sector to create an environment in which writers and writing can flourish.
We are developing services appropriate for writers at different stages in their careers. We facilitate new commissions, projects, residencies, and publications, and we also support appropriate live events.
Mostly, we work in partnership with a broad range of cultural organisations such as literature development officers, local authorities, regional development agencies, universities, schools, arts venues, museums, libraries, and producers. Through these partnerships we encourage relationships between writers and the region's communities, and we put writers in touch with each other."
(Writing East Midlands)