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Institution tots up cost of devolution

THE ICE BEGAN devolving representation from Great George Street last week by agreeing to the appointment of 'executive secretaries' in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Council agreed that a dedicated ICE official was needed to lobby the newly devolved parliaments on issues such as transport, town planning and flood defence; and to provide a stronger focus for local ICE members.

The plans, thrashed out by the ICE's devolution working party in consultation with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish local associations, are set to cost £167,000 a year. They involve:

A full-time executive secretary in Scotland supported by a full-time administrative assistant, and a permanent ICE Scottish address. Annual cost £99,000.

A new full-time executive secretary in Wales with a permanent local address. A united ICE Wales local association will be formed. Annual cost about £52,000.

A part-time executive secretary in Northern Ireland. Annual cost £16,000.

The proposals may be funded by cutting the number of regional liaison, local association development and branch development officers.

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