Following the commencement of the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act joint responsibility for the single regional strategy will rest with the “Responsible Regional Authorities” who are regional development agencies and Local Authority Leaders’ Boards. All authorities fulfilling a public function are bound by the Human Rights Act.
In relation to information regional development agencies are non-departmental public bodies and so the NDPB model publication scheme applies to them. The application of part 5A of the Local Government Act applies to leaders’ boards (but only in their non-joint working) as it applies to a principal council.
The Freedom of Information Act applies to RDAs. It is the Government’s intention that FOI legislation should apply to leaders’ boards and they will be added to the schedule 1 of the FOI Act at the next opportunity.