SEC General News

Levelling up to take pressure off overheating South East

Agenda for levelling up the main focus of the PM’s Conservative Party Conference speech. South East Councils is pleased to hear the Prime Minister state that levelling up should take the pressure off the South East.  In his closing speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Boris Johnson noted it was not just about a gap …

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South East Councils holds Parliamentary Reception

Following its AGM yesterday in Westminster, South East Councils (SEC) held a Parliamentary Reception for members and guests. The event, hosted by Hastings & Rye representative, Sally-Ann Hart MP saw a gathering of around 60 people hear speeches from: Cllr Nicolas Heslop – new Chair of SEC Steve Reed MP – Labour Local Government spokesperson …

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Whitehall should avoid ‘grabbing’ Health and Social Care

South East England Councils (SEEC) polling has found that the majority of people in the region want local councils, not Whitehall, to have primary responsibility for Social Care. SEEC was responding to publication of the Government’s White Paper ‘Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all’’ that proposes a reorganisation …

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SEEC welcomes Housing Algorithm fix

South East England Councils (SEEC) has welcomed the Government’s latest announcement that it will re-think its planning policy proposals and abandon reliance on a housing algorithm. SEEC Chair Cllr Roy Perry said: “I am pleased the government has listened to Councillors and MPs from the south east.  The original planning proposal, far from levelling up …

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News Release: Boris urged to avoid Brexit Trade Deal “Disaster”

Boris urged to avoid Brexit Trade Deal “Disaster” Reacting to the National Audit Office report finding that UK trade with the EU faces “significant disruption” when the Brexit transition period ends in January, Cllr Roy Perry, the Chairman of South East England Councils (SEEC) has warned the Prime Minister it would be irresponsible to place …

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1,000 people give views on South East issues

A new South East region monitor has been launched by South East England Councils (SEEC).  The South East 1,000 is comprised of polling undertaken by Savanta ComRes as well as an economic assessment prepared by the international economist Vicky Pryce. The polling of over of 1,000 adults was across three separate groups: 261 Councillors 278 …

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South East 1,000 Biannual Regional Monitor (Autumn 2020)

The Chairman’s View South East England Councils (SEEC) is delighted to have partnered with leading UK polling agency Savanta ComRes and the prominent international economist Vicky Pryce to produce the new ‘South East 1,000’ which will be a unique monitor of public, business and civic cohorts from the UK’s most populated region. As a cross-party, …

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SEEC criticises government over Planning system proposals

Submitting the response to the MHCLG consultation on changing the planning system the Chair of South East England Councils (SEEC) Cllr Roy Perry said: “This consultation is really not needed – the planning system is not the problem as to why more homes are not being built.  400,000 homes, granted planning permission over the last …

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SEEC reacts to the Prime Minister’s skills speech

The Chairman of South East England Councils (SEEC) has reacted to the Prime Minister’s skills speech, Councillor Roy Perry said: “An essential component of the UK’s economic recovery from Covid-19 will be ensuring that businesses have a sufficient supply of suitably skilled workers, and are able to adapt to changing demands. The Prime Minister rightly …

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SEEC reacts to Chancellors Winter Recovery Plan

The Chairman of South East England Councils (SEEC) has reacted to the Chancellor’s additional financial support measures to help mitigate the impact of further restrictions brought about by an increase in Covid-19 cases. Cllr Roy Perry said: “With the furlough scheme expiring and unemployment expected to rise, we welcome the new intervention from the Chancellor, …

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