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Paper 7 - 25 November 2005  Meeting

HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

25 November 2005

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGIONAL FORUM (REPORT-BACK)

Report by the Director in association with Councillors David Gillett and Tony Jackson

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RECOMMENDATION

That the report be noted.

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1. A meeting of the Local Government Regional Forum (LGRF) was hosted by the South East Region in Reading on 10/11 November. It was run as a series of participative workshops to consider:

ˇ A discussion paper from the Local Government Association (LGA) on local government and the regions - see Annex.

ˇ The LGA’s manifesto "The next four years - the future is local".

ˇ The LGA’s campaign to promote local government - the "reputation" project - to which Southampton and Portsmouth have already signed up.

All these matters have been communicated direct to member authorities by the LGA and are detailed on the LGA website. The LGRF approaches them from a regional angle.

2. The LGRF is run by the LGA as a meeting place for regional LGAs. It meets twice a year. The South East is unique in not having a regional LGA. Here, it falls to the sub-regional LGAs (in particular the Association of Councils in the Thames Valley, HIOW and Surrey LGAs) to make arrangements for adequate representation of the South East on the LGRF. The HIOW representative is normally the current Chairman of the HIOW Association. Councillor Gillett (Havant) - one of our previous Chairmen - currently chairs the LGRF and has retained his place by agreement with Councillor Elizabeth Cartwright. Our immediate past Chairman - Councillor Tony Jackson (Test Valley) - has retained his seat on the LGRF by agreement across the South East LGAs.

3. Conclusions from the LGRF workshops on 10/11 November are being written up to feed into the LGA’s national policy making. The LGA is also hoping to have direct input from member local authorities via a series of regional workshops. All South East local authorities were invited to a regional workshop for the South East on 28 October at Local Government House, Westminster (Southampton and East Hampshire attended).

4. On the "Local Government and the Regions" consultation (see Annex), the LGA has commissioned some research within the English regions to develop proposals to improve relationships between the LGA, the Improvement and Development Agency, the successor to Local Government Employers’ Organisation on the one hand and regional bodies (regional employers’ organisations, regional and sub-regional LGAs, regional centres of excellence etc.) on the other. Members may wish to consider the outcomes of this research - as they are drafted - at a future meeting (probably March 2006).

NICK GOULDER
Director

Date: 14 November 2006
Annex: 1
Contact: Nick Goulder - 023 8068 8431, E-mail hiow@eastleigh.gov.uk

Last update: 15/11/2005
Author: Nick Goulder, Director

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