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SESPM Background

SESPM – background

The South East Strategic Partnership for Migration is one of 12 partnerships covering the UK. The South East covers 74 local authorities in the geographical areas of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent.  Sub-regional strategic migration groups help inform its work.

The SESPM Executive Board is made up of representatives from across the South East. The Board has one elected councillor as Chairman, other members comprise a range of people concerned with migration, including:

• Local authority officers representing children’s services, adult services and housing
• Police – including Regional Organised Crime Unit
• Health
• Department of Work and Pensions
• Fire and Rescue Service
• Relevant regional Voluntary Sector organisations
• Home Office, including UKVI, Border Force, Gangmasters’ Licensing Authority

Key contacts

  • Chairman of the South East Strategic Partnership for Migration Board and LGA Migration task group lead – Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader Dover District Council
  • Partnership Manager and Representative on National Migration Group – Roy Millard
  • Lead organisation –  South East England Councils (SEEC)

Sub-regional strategic migration group host organisations:

  • Kent & Medway – Kent Fire and Rescue Service
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight – Southampton City Council
  • Sussex & Surrey – Brighton & Hove City Council and Hastings Borough Council
  • Thames Valley – Slough Borough Council and Reading University

Meetings

  • The SESPM Board meets up to four times a year. Regular updates from the Migration Partnership are delivered at SEEC Executive Committee meetings.
  • The four sub-regional strategic migration groups for the South East meet up to three times per year.
  • SESPM co-ordinates two South-East No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) metings per year.
  • Ad hoc regional migration priority meetings.

The work of SESPM is grant-funded by the Home Office. For more information on SESPM please contact Roy Millard at South East England Councils on roymillard@secouncils.gov.uk; 01304 872186.