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Regional Government

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Dorset of 26 November 2009, Official Report, column 314W, on regional government: South West, what the successor body to each regional assembly is; how much funding is being allocated in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 to each such body; and what structure and powers each such body will have that regional assemblies do not. (307213)

Regional assemblies were designated as regional planning body with responsibility for drafting the regional spatial strategy. Following the commencement of the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act the single regional strategy will be jointly prepared by local authority leaders’ boards and regional development agencies.

The funding allocated to regional assemblies or local authority leaders’ boards in 2009-10 was:

Funding (£)

North East Regional Assembly

1,747,000

North West Regional Leaders Forum (4NW)

2,605,910

Yorkshire and Humber Assembly

1,969,000

West Midlands Regional Assembly

2,113,946

East Midlands Regional Assembly

2,105,100

East of England Regional Assembly

£2,077,500

South East of England Regional Assembly

3,166,628

South West Regional Assembly

2,070,148

Allocations for 2010-11 have yet to be made however regional assemblies or local authority leaders’ boards have been told that overall resources need to be reduced by 10 per cent.

The structure of local authority leaders’ boards is a matter for each region. Local authorities in a region are required to consult with stakeholders and submit a scheme establishing the structure to the Secretary of State for approval. Local authority leaders’ boards do not have additional powers beyond those in respect of the single regional strategy.