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Regional Development Agencies

Trade union members sit on the boards of the nine Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) in the English Regions. RDAs are public bodies which act as strategic drivers of regional economic development. The trade union RDA board members are supported by their TUC regional offices.

RDAs aim to co-ordinate regional economic development and regeneration, enable the regions to improve their relative competitiveness and reduce the imbalance that exists within and between regions. Under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998, each RDA has five statutory purposes, which are:

· To further economic development and regeneration
· To promote business efficiency, investment and competitiveness
· To promote employment
· To enhance development and application of skill relevant to employment
· To contribute to sustainable development

The RDAs' agenda includes regional regeneration, taking forward regional competitiveness, taking the lead on regional inward investment. Working with regional partners, RDAs ensure the development of a regional skills action plan to ensure that skills training matches the needs of the labour market.

The TUC publishes quarterly briefings on regional development issues to support the work of trade unionists to promote economic development.

For more information about RDAs, visit

For more information about your TUC regional office, visit

The TUC contact for RDA issues is Matt Dykes. E-mail

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