South East England Councils (SEEC) was established in April 2009 to represent and promote the views and interests of the 74 local authorities in the South East. With members representing all tiers of local authorities and different political parties, SEEC carries a unique mandate as the single democratic voice of the South East.
Our ‘Speaking for the South East‘ page shows recent and past work to make the case for SEEC members’ priorities. In advance of the 2015 General Election SEEC also set out a manifesto ‘Let the South East work for UK’.
SEEC has a wide remit, which includes effective representation of local authority interests on issues affecting South East councils. SEEC works to four principles:
1. Strive for a fair funding deal for the South East
Making the case for fairer national funding settlements for South East local authorities and maximising councils’ access to EU funding opportunities.
2. Promote the South East’s position as a leading global economy
Making the case for strategic infrastructure and investment needs to maintain the South East’s international competitiveness, including joint working with business.
3. Act as single democratic voice for South East interests
Representing all tier and cross-boundary views to Government, maintaining dialogue with neighbouring areas, and representing South East local government interests on external bodies.
4. Monitor the pulse of the South East
Tracking data to illustrate South East successes and pressure points in delivering effective local services and supporting economic growth. This will include a focus on areas such as public finance, housing & infrastructure, economic trends and impact of migration.
Please choose from the links on the left-hand side for information on key areas of SEEC’s work.