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Open day at Government Office.

THE Government Office for the North East threw open its doors to show the public what it does.

Representatives from more than 200 charities, local government, education, health and religious organisations were given the chance to discuss how the organisation is being reshaped and what it does in the region.

The Government Office North East open day on Friday set out the key aims for the next three years.

Speaking on the day, minister for the North East Nick Brown said: "We are used to working co-operatively in the North East and I am a firm believer in drawing together the work of the Government into single offices to make that co-operation more effective.

"Engaging with partners and stakeholders is key and the relationship with One NorthEast is crucial.

"The challenge is to bring together local government and partners with the common cause of improving lives in the region.

"There are exciting prospects ahead in the region across a range of areas. We can all share in that and the key to helping achieve it is the Government Office."

Jonathan Blackie, regional director of the Government Office, explained that its role was often unseen by members of the public, but the central, strategic co-ordinating position was crucial.

He said: "Our role in challenging and supporting Government activities helps us in our aim to make the North East a great place to live and work.

"Whether it's tackling childhood poverty, skills shortages, crime, drugs, anti-social behaviour, the environment, transport or the economy, Government Office for the North East helps makes sure the region's voice is heard in Whitehall."

For more information about the Government Office for the North East, visit www.gone.gov.uk

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 28, 2008
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