Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government has issued a press release confirming the abolition of regional government. This affects regional development agencies, government offices of the regions but is also likely to spell the end of regional services such as the Business Link service — especially as the RDAs were the contract holders for the Business Link network. You can read the full text of Pickles’ press release here.
A letter from Trudi Elliott, director of Government Office for the West Midlands, which has been circulated to stakeholders confirms that GOWM will close and that in the meantime we should expect to see GOWM “progressively withdraw” from engagement in meetings, conferences, correspondence and other partner engagement.
The recently established West Midlands Leaders Board is already winding-down, most of its staff having been made redundant.
It isn’t a good time to have “west Midlands” in your name, is it?