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SEEC priorities

SEEC priorities

South East England Councils (SEEC) was established in April 2009 to represent and promote the views and interests of the 70 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. SEEC is a voluntary body funded by member council subscriptions. 

SEEC’s key principles

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.

SEEC’s key work areas

SEEC will cover three priority areas, building on work to date:

  • Infrastructure & housing needs – including making the case for powers to help councils maximise delivery of homes and help for local authorities secure greater investment in infrastructure, both within the South East and across the Wider South East.
  • Industrial strategy and the South East economy – including supporting the development of a place-based narrative to underpin industrial strategy implementation, raising awareness of the impacts of under-investment in South East infrastructure and arguing for investment and policy changes to ensure the South East economy does not falter as a result of Brexit.
  • South East funding, services and devolution – including a focus on making the case for greater devolution of funding and powers and reform of South East local authority funding to support more sustainable councils.

In addition, SEEC will also continue to produce its regular data dashboard, monitor emerging policy and host the Home Office-funded South East Strategic Partnership for Migration (SESPM) ensuring regular updates for members on migration issues, such as the impact of migration on policing and skills.