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LABOUR WILL BASE REGIONAL GOVERNMENT ON EXISTING BODIES

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Labour's plans for regional government in England would be based on eight existing organisations set up by local au...
Labour's plans for regional government in England would be based on eight existing organisations set up by local authorities to co-ordinate policies, reports the Financial Times (p8).

Jack Straw had been expected to propose assemblies based on the ten government regional offices.

Jack Straw, shadow home secretary said the co-ordinating bodies were already operating as 'shadow regional councils'.

The powers of the co-ordinating bodies are devolved from the constituent councils and vary widely focusing on planning, environmental, transport, waste and economic development issues.

The eight regions are the East Midlands, West Midlands, East Anglia, The North-West, the North, the South-West, Yorkshire and Humberside and London and the South-East.

A consultation plan will confirm that Labour has dropped plans to set up directly elected assemblies across England.

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