New Council to fire up Regional Economies
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Released 05 November 2008
The new Regional Economic Council met for the first time today. The meeting
was chaired jointly by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, and
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.
The Prime Minister established the Regional
Economic Council in October as part of a raft of measures designed to meet the
challenge of an uncertain financial climate.
Every region in the UK is affected by what is
happening to the global economy. The establishment of this Council will ensure
that the issues and concerns raised in the regions, particularly those of small
businesses, are heard and acted upon across government.
The Chancellor said:
“This new Council provides us with an opportunity to look at how we can all
support measures to help people and businesses across the UK during these
difficult economic times.
“We discussed how we can all work together to boost confidence and support
economic growth at a regional level.”
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said:
“We need all hands on deck to get through this difficult economic period and
come out the other side in a position of strength. Input from the regions is
crucial, so the Regional Economic Council has an extremely important role to
“This Council will be a stronger voice for the regions, ensuring that
concerns about the economy from across the country are properly understood and
responded to by the Government.
“Leading figures from the Government, the regions, business and unions, will
work in partnership to deliver action at a regional level, to benefit our
The Council will:
- Drive regional action on issues that impact upon the national economy and
provide feedback on national policies and priorities
- Galvanise coordinated action between central government and regional
partners to address key issues
1. The Regional Economic Council, set up by the Prime Minister, was
announced on Friday 3 October as part of plans to establish a National Economic
2. The membership of the Regional Economic Council is as follows:
- Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for BERR
- Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for CLG
- Yvette Cooper, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
- Pat McFadden, Minister of State, Department for Business
- Liam Byrne, Minister of State, Cabinet Office
- John Healey, Minister of State, CLG
- Regional Ministers
- Chairs of the Regional Development Agencies
- Local authority Leaders
- The Mayor of London
- Businesses organisations
- Trades Union
3. The Regional Economic Council will meet quarterly, beginning on 5
November. Full Terms of Reference for the Council will be published after its
4. A separate Council of Regional Ministers is co- chaired by The Rt Hon
Liam Byrne MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Yvette Cooper, Chief
Secretary to the Treasury. John Healey, Minister of State, CLG will be deputy
chair and Pat McFadden, Minister of State, BERR will also have membership. The
Council of Regional Ministers brings together the nine English regional
ministers appointed by the Prime Minister together with Ministers representing
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It will feed into the work of the
Government's new National Economic Council.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-11-06 17:15:07 in Business Articles