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THINK TANK : 'ENGLISH REGIONS WOULD COST MILLIONS'

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Localis, the local government think tank has condemned the government's ...
Localis, the local government think tank has condemned the government's

proposals for English regional government announced today.

Lord Hanningfield, chairman of Localis said,

'The announcement today that English regional assemblies are to be created

shows the government is out of touch. Regional government in England is not

a high priority for the general public. The key issues are crime, health,

transport, education and the environment. People want trains that run on

time not more politicians and bureaucrats.

'The fact is that the cost of creating these new assemblies will run into

hundreds of millions of pounds. This money could be better used to fund

local councils properly so that they can get on with the job of delivering

high quality public services.

'These new regional assemblies do not represent a devolution of power but

will take powers away from local communities. Proper devolution will only

happen when central government actually cedes some of its powers. Today's

proposals are little more than a costly re-organisation of existing local

government responsibilities.'

Notes

1. Localis is a think tank dedicated to local government. It seeks to

generate 'new thinking' and new ideas for local government to enhance local

democracy and improve the delivery of public services. Localis is

independent of any political party and works with government, academia, the

business and voluntary sectors.

2. Lord Hanningfield is vice vhairman of the LGA and the leader of Essex CC.

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