Northern councillors seek lobbying help for RDA introduction

Councillors in Yorkshire and Humberside’s Regional Assembly are considering hiring a lobbying agency to make sure that they have some control over their new Regional Development Agency (RDA).

Councillors in Yorkshire and Humberside’s Regional Assembly are

considering hiring a lobbying agency to make sure that they have some

control over their new Regional Development Agency (RDA).



Yorkshire and Humberside has made an initial approach to around 15

lobbying agencies, asking for suggestions on how the organisation would

present its case, and an estimate on fees.



Nine RDAs will be established across England next April in preparation

for being up and running in 1999. They will have a remit over issues

like regeneration, environment and transport.



Their relationship to regional assemblies has not been decided. The

issue of RDAs is expected to generate fierce lobbying, because they

could take on some responsibilities from government departments, local

authorities and training and enterprise councils.



The Government has said that in the short term the agencies will be

appointed by ministers. Eventually regional chambers could be

established with members from local government and local businesses.



Members of the Yorkshire and Humberside assembly will decide in November

whether to appoint an agency and whether to do so in conjunction with

other assemblies, or with the Local Government Association.



The Government is due to outline its policy on RDAs in a white paper to

be published in November, and the assembly wants to be ready to lobby

soon after it appears.



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