Last week I revealed that staff at the axed East of England Development Agency(EEDA) were receiving a £250,000 bonus, even though the quango no longer existed. Sloppy contractual arrangements agreed by Labour ministers has allowed this to happen. During question time in the House of Commons, I took the opportunity to highlight this disgraceful situation. Already the local enterprise partnership that replaced the bureaucratic EEDA s making a difference in Norfolk. As a business and community led organisation it isn’t bogged down in the bureaucratic quagmire previously created by a small army of civil servants. As the minister recognised in his answer, this is largely due to the leadership of Andy Woods from local business Adnams who chairs the new partnership
Department of Communities and Local Government – Oral Questions
Monday 12th March 2012
Brandon Lewis: As a result of poor contractual arrangements set up by the Labour Government, the East of England Development Agency has received bonuses of more than £250,000, despite it being scrapped. Does the Minister agree that local enterprise partnerships are already showing that not only are they less bureaucratic, but they give a much better return on public investment?
Greg Clark (Minister of State): They certainly are. The local enterprise partnership in my hon. Friend’s constituency is chaired by Andy Wood of Adnams who, without any bonus, gives fantastic leadership from the private sector to a very successful local enterprise partnership.