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Birmingham Post Survey shows little support for regional quango’s

Posted by wonkotsane on October 27, 2006

The Birmingham Post published the results of a survey yesterday on the performance of the myriad unelected (mostly regional) quango’s that have been set up to “support” them.  The results make interesting reading.

The regional quango with most support in West Midlands businesses was West Midlands Business Link – set up and funded at the taxpayers expense by Advantage West Midlands (AWM) – with 36% of business thinking it benefited them.  Ironically, it is to be disbanded and replaced with another quango by AWM.

West Midlands Institute of Directors is bottom of the list with 17% of businesses believing that they get anything positive from them.

Interestingly, when asked for an opinion on the city region, only 29% of business feel that the city region will bring them any benefits.  When the purpose of the city region is suppoed to be to attract investment and promote business in the region, this must be a serious blow to the city region project.

Once again we have to point out that there is very little support for the city region and question why local authorities continue to press ahead with the project when they have no mandate to do so.

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