- North West Regional Assembly
North West Regional Assembly Status Regional assembly Territory North West England Founded 1999 (abolished 2008) HQ Wigan Budget budget_year= 2006/07 Website http://www.4nw.org.uk/ United Kingdom
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Creation and functions
The assembly was created by the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998. The first meeting was held in 1999. In July 2003 the assembly was reconstituted to combine its existing functions with those of the regional arm of the Local Government Association and of the Regional Employers Organisation.
The NWRA acted as the representative voice of the region and worked to promote the economic, environmental and social well-being of the North West of England. The key functions of the assembly were:
- Co-ordinate the public expenditure of local authorities
- Act as regional planning body
- Scrutinise the work of the Northwest Regional Development Agency
A regional leaders forum known as '4NW' was established on 15 July 2008 and the NWRA ceased to exist.
Membership of the NWRA was not by direct election. The NWRA represented the interests of Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside and had 80 members nominated by Local Authorities, business, trade unions, further and higher education, environmental interests, and the voluntary, cultural and community sectors including sport and tourism.
Position Holder Chief Executive Phil Robinson  Director of Planning, Transport and Housing Michael Gallagher  Director of Strategy - Scrutiny, Europe and Sustainability Steve Barwick 
NWRA Political Group Leaders
Political Group Leader Local Authority Conservatives Group Cllr Les Byrom  Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council Liberal Democrat Group Cllr Mike Ash  Cumbria County Council Labour Group Cllr Val Stevens  Manchester City Council
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