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Paper 13 - 24 September 1999 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

24 September 1999

THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (LGA) AND REGIONAL GROUPINGS

Report by the Policy Manager

RECOMMENDATION

That the developing relationship between the LGA and regional groupings such as HIOW be noted.

SUMMARY

Part of HIOW's role has been to facilitate relationships between the national LGA and individual local authority members of the LGA. Under the revised Member Structure for the LGA there will now be a Regional Forum to represent regional groupings such as HIOW. It may be necessary for HIOW to work with Surrey, Sussex and Kent in the "six county confederation" to appoint members to the LGA Regional Forum.

1. HIOW took the lead in gaining agreement from local authorities in the south east region that any future electoral college arrangement for Member appointments to the LGA should be two-fold:

* One electoral college for the Thames Valley Region (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes)

* One electoral college for the "six counties" (HIOW, Surrey, Sussex and Kent).

2. Subsequently, the reorganisation of LGA member structures has resulted in the vast majority of Member appointments being agreed nationally through the party-political groupings. However a small number of appointments will be made by regional groupings of local authorities. In the South East, the LGA proposes to work with the two groupings shown in paragraph 1 in order to get appointments to the LGA Regional Forum.

3. In order to develop satisfactory arrangements, the LGA has appointed Peter Bounds, retiring Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, to liaise with regional groupings, seek views and advise.

4. HIOW's Chairman attended a preliminary meeting on this issue and reported to the July meeting of HIOW. Further meetings are anticipated and I will report orally on any developments.

NICK GOULDER 
Policy Manager

Last update: 12/10/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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