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NORTH COUNCILS WELCOME GOVT'S REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS

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Government plans for a new development agency for the North of England have won favour from John McCormack, chairma...
Government plans for a new development agency for the North of England have won favour from John McCormack, chairman of the North of England Assembly of Local Authorities.

However, the new agencies should be 'genuinely accountable to the people', he warned in the Northern Echo (10 May, p2).

The North was 'ready, willing and able to take on the responsibility of regional government,' he said.

'We are delighted that in the new parliament the overwhelming majority of the North's MPs are strong supporters of regional government. It's good news that the government is moving so quickly to recognise the widespread demand throughout the region for us to be given a real say in our futures.

'The creation of a development agency is obviously a key element in achieving that aim,' cllr McCormack told the paper.

Such an agency could harness resources to attract jobs and investment more effectively than the quangos set up in recent years, he said.

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