If it has no powers, why have one? If it does happen, it will have an annual budget of £350million. Seems rather a lot of dosh to sit around talking about things. Surely they could just build a big barn somewhere for a few grand? They don't all need Aeron chairs (I do, but they don't).
I have to say the 'No' campaign has a compelling argument:
The last thing we need in the North East is even more professional politicians and their staff.
An assembly would have an annual budget of around £350 million. This is money that is already spent by existing councils – there is no new money – and the Government already determines how most of it is spent.
An assembly would lead to higher council tax for North East people. The Government White Paper says, “The simplest means for an elected assembly to raise money from people within its region is … council tax.”
A new building for the Scottish Parliament has cost £431m. The Welsh and London Assemblies have spent £47m and £43m. The Scottish Parliament and Welsh and London Assemblies all have annual running costs of over £50m.
An assembly would have no power to create any new doctors, teachers or jobs – or build new infrastructure projects like a dual carriageway for the A1 or A66.
An assembly would take power away from local councils and this will damage local services.
No - http://www.northeastsaysno.co.uk
Yes - http://www.yes4thenortheast.com
(backed by people who would slot rather easily into jobs there)