Hampshire County Council

Cabinet Item 9

1 June 2004

Member Arrangements at the Local Government Association

Report of the Chief Executive

Contact: Michael Sherwood - Ext: 7332; email: mike.sherwood@hants.gov.uk

1. Summary

2. Reason

This decision supports all the Aims of the Corporate Strategy.

3. Other options considered and rejected

Not to respond to the consultation document.

4. Conflicts of interest declared by the decision maker or other Executive Member consulted

Not applicable

5. Dispensation granted by the Standards Committee

Not applicable

6. Reason(s) for the matter being dealt with if urgent

Not applicable

Approved by

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Councillor T.K. Thornber, CBE

Hampshire County Council

Cabinet Item 9

1 June 2004

Member Arrangements at the Local Government Association

Report of the Chief Executive

Contact: Michael Sherwood - Ext: 7332; email: mike.sherwood@hants.gov.uk

7. Summary

7.1. The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued a consultation paper following a review of the structures through which members of the Association presently formulate policy and guide the LGA work. The purpose of this report is to provide the Cabinet with the opportunity to consider and comment on the consultation paper.

8. Introduction

8.1. The Local Government Association wants to ensure that its Member arrangements are as effective as possible and to arrive at a structure which:

9. The Proposals

9.1. In essence, the LGA is proposing a move from its present system of single-subject executives to a much smaller number of cross-cutting Member boards, together with a range of Member task groups working on specific, usually time-limited, projects linked to its business plan priorities. This approach will be complemented by a range of wider Member structures based on the existing urban and rural commissions, designed to involve more Members and their authorities in policy discussion and formulation, and to act as channels of communication between the Association and its membership. The LGA consultation letter is attached as an Appendix.

10. Deadline for comments

10.1. The LGA ask for comments on the issues raised in the consultation paper by Friday, 28 May with a view to proposals for change being made to the General Assembly on 6 July 2004. Whilst this Cabinet meeting takes place shortly after the published deadline, the Association is anxious to receive comments from its Members, and accordingly is prepared to extend the deadline slightly.

11. Recommendation

11.1. To consider and comment on the consultation document on Member arrangements at the Local Government Association.

Section 100 D - Local Government Act 1972 - background papers

The following documents disclose facts or matters on which this report, or an important part of it, is based and has been relied upon to a material extent in the preparation of this report.

NB the list excludes:

1. Published works.

2. Documents which disclose exempt or confidential information as defined in the Act.

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