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Thursday, 21 March, 2002, 09:27 GMT
English devolution: Part three
Part three: Running assemblies

Q1: If your region has its own elected assembly, would you be willing to pay additional taxes levied in the form of a local taxation, as the Greater London Authority does, in order to improve local services?

Q2: If English regional assemblies were created, some local authorities such as county councils may be abolished. Would this concern you or not?

Q3: For which of the following services, if any, do you think responsibility should be passed from central government to an elected regional assembly?

A majority of those asked across England were not prepared to pay extra taxes to a regional assembly. However, when broken down by region, the results revealed differing attitudes. People in the North West were the most willing to pay a local tax - 48% of those polled. In the North East the issue was less clear cut, with just 1% more people willing to pay a local tax than those who were not willing. The two areas of England least willing to pay a local tax were the East Midlands and the South East.

The BBC's English Regional Devolution Survey involved 2646 nationally representative telephone interviews in England, conducted between1 and 10 March 2002.

For some questions, specific responses are given for the north-east, north-west and Yorkshire and Humber areas.


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