This paper, prepared for the English Regions Network, by Regeneris Consulting, presents proposals for extending and strengthening the role of regional assemblies. It will be presented as a contribution to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review’s sub-national review of economic development and regeneration early next year.The paper says that regional assemblies have proved their worth in making regional development agencies accountable for the decisions they make, the way they spend their money and the results they achieve. It argues that regional assemblies should be given the power to scrutinise a wide range of public bodies. This role could be extended to embrace other non-departmental public bodies including learning and skills councils.
It also sets out a case for the development regional Public Service Agreements as forms of multi-area agreements.
The paper is available at: http://www.ern.gov.uk/page.asp?id=14