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Paper 16 - 29 May 1998 

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT AUTHORITIES

29 May 1998

LGA REGIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Report by the Policy Officer

RECOMMENDATION

That the response to the LGA be noted.

SUMMARY

Regional relationships are extremely important to the LGA in order to ensure adequate contact with and involvement of member authorities. This Association has been pressing the LGA for a merger of the South East and South Central electoral colleges. We are now moving one step nearer to that goal through the latest framework consultation document from the LGA. This report details the latest consultation from the LGA.

INTRODUCTION

1. The Local Government Association's (LGA's) primary relationship is with the individual member authorities. However the LGA also recognises the value of strong regional relationships in securing the involvement of all member authorities in its activities. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Association seeks to assist member authorities to make best use of the LGA. The LGA's regional contact for the South-East (Ben Clayden) attended the HIOW meeting in January to facilitate consultation on the future framework for regional relationships. We now have another draft paper from the LGA setting out the framework for the relationship between the LGA and regional groupings in future. The Association's comments are set out below, and are currently with the West Sussex LGA (with whom we share the electoral college) for consultation.

REGIONAL ELECTORAL COLLEGES

2. There is now extensive agreement amongst local authorities in the Government Office for the South East (GOSE) area, that there should be two electoral colleges in the GOSE area: one for the Thames Valley region and one for the six counties, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight through to Kent. As far as this Association is concerned, amalgamation of the South Central and South East colleges should be carried out at the earliest possible time. There is not time for the merger to take place this year, and so it will take place in time for the 1999 round of appointments to LGA committees.

CONSULTING ON CORPORATE POLICY ISSUES

3. The LGA would like to liaise with regional local authority organisations on corporate policy issues. In the South East the LGA needs to liaise not only with the South East Regional Forum (SERF), but also with the individual associations within SERF for example the Association of Councils for the Thames Valley Region and the Association of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Authorities.

CONSULTING ON SERVICE POLICY ISSUES/THE WORK OF LGA SERVICE COMMITTEES

4. We encourage our own members on LGA committees to report back to us. However we accept that HIOW is too small for the LGA service committees regularly to report back to our Association along with all the other similar associations. We therefore feel that reports back should be on the six county basis, as exemplified at the recent meeting in Crawley where the Economic Regeneration Committee of the LGA met with representatives of the six county local authorities in the area.

NICK GOULDER
Policy Officer

Last update: 13/09/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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