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Regional control at risk

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT is muscling in on the work of the planned Regional Development Agencies before they have even got off the ground, the Local Government Association claimed.

Regional Development Agencies are set to be in place in England by April next year (NCE 11 December 1997). But LGA chair of economic regeneration councillor David Sparks claimed that central government is already taking control of the fledgling RDAs, and is dangerously close to developing a 'them and us' attitude with local authorities and the private sector.

The government-appointed RDA chairs are said to be under intense pressure, and unable to cope with the workload of public meetings without the rest of their board in place.

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