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wmno

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City Region
« on: November 02, 2006, 09:52:04 PM »
Last week the Birmingham Post published the results of a survey which showed only 29% of businesses thought that the city region would benefit their business.  One of the main aims of the city region is supposedly to being investment and money into the West Midlands yet local businesses aren't convinced.

A month ago we launched the West Midlands NO! Campaign - a non-political campaign group to oppose the city region and regionalisation in the West Midlands.  The launch was covered in the local press in the West Midlands and feedback so far has been positive.

The problem with regionalisation and the city region is that it's all being done behind closed doors and people are deliberately kept in the dark.  These people who make the decisions that affect our lives, none of whom are elected to that position, are immune from the Freedom of Information Act and answer to committees and ministers.  Nobody has ever been asked if they want all this unelected taxpayer-funded regional government and nobody has ever proved the unsubstantiated claims that it will benefit the region.

We believe that there should, at the very least, be a referendum on the city region.  The refusal by every local authority involved to hold a referendum is simply an admission that there is no support for it.
West Midlands NO! Campaign
Regional government: undemocratic, unaccountable and unwanted