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OPINION - VIEWPOINTS

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Is a regeneration/housing 'super agency' a good idea?...
Is a regeneration/housing 'super agency' a good idea?

'I am not convinced - despite the ODPM's view that sustainable communities, regeneration and housing are not synonymous.'

Jan Britton

Environment services manager, Buckinghamshire CC

'It's a good idea so long as integration takes place more than just in name and the outcomes appear on the ground.'

John Harrison

Director of strategic resources, Peterborough City Council

'History has invariably taught us that merging disparate bodies into new 'super agencies' more often than not doesn't work.'

Keith Robinson

Recruitment strategy manager, Doncaster MBC

'Perhaps a merger of all departments, including the Treasury, might lead to a more effective streamlining -

it is UK plc after all.'

Ian Russell

Director of development and environmental services, Swale BC

'We have a concern that, given the nature and background of the organisations, the private rented sector could continue to be overwhelmed.'

Ian Foulkes

Director of policy, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

'It's a good idea as the core remits overlap. However, not all their functions will fit together snugly.'

Guy Holloway

Performance improvement manager,

Kettering BC

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