'We strongly welcome the start of the soundings process to assess the level of demand for holding referendums on whether to establish elected assemblies in the English regions. It is now up to people in the regions to decide whether they want to go in the first wave of regions to hold referendums before the next general election.'
'The deciding factor should be the level of support in the region for holding a referendum, not the resources of the boundary committee, as implied in the Regional Assemblies Bill and this consultation paper.'
'The link between establishing elected regional assemblies and wholly unitary local government confuses the issue about whether the regional agenda is devolving power from Whitehall or drawing up power from councils.'
For further comment and information please contact Andrew Holden, CFER Parliamentary Officer on 0779 901 8943 or Don Price, CFER National Campaign Officer on 0793 276 7814
See YOUR REGION - YOUR SAYon LGCnet.