Magazine article Public Finance

Quango Members 'Too London-Biased'

Magazine article Public Finance

Quango Members 'Too London-Biased'

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Central London potentially has greater influence on government policy than the entire North of England, research has revealed.

A New Local Government Network analysis of the primary residence of 1,000 quango board members uncovered a distinct Southeastern bias among board members.

In particularly, the inner London boroughs of Camden, Westminster, Islington and Kensington & Chelsea account for 15% of English quango membership.

People living in affluent counties such as Gloucestershire, Surrey and Oxfordshire were also over-represented among quangos, while cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham were under-represented.

More than 20 areas recorded no quango representation at all, including Blackpool, Darlington, Wigan and Wolverhampton. …

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