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Enterprise agency Seeda axed in Osborne's Budget

Tue 29 June 2010, 9:22 am

Major investment in Kent will be handled at a more local level following the Government’s announcement to abolish one of the UK’s largest unelected decision-makers. (Sourced from Kent News.)
The South East England Development Agency (Seeda) – which is responsible for the social and economic growth of the region – was one of the highest-profile casualties of this week’s Budget when Chancellor George Osborne announced he was scrapping all Regional Development Agencies (RDAs).

In their place will rise Local Enterprise Partnerships, to be supported by councils.

The news has been welcomed by Kent County Council leader Councillor Paul Carter, who has long criticised the idea that Seeda – which is based in Guildford, Surrey – can make important decisions for Kent without being accountable to the public.

He said: “The future is local. We need to strip away the old bureaucratic regional structures quickly and let elected local authority councillors work directly as the link between businesses, central government and our communities."

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