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South East APPG launches transport infrastructure inquiry

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the South East has launched an inquiry into transport infrastructure. This follows the unanimous decision of the group’s officers to run the inquiry during its Annual General Meeting in the Palace of Westminster last Summer. It is the group’s second inquiry, following the first into levelling up and local …

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South East Councils submit to Left Behind Neighborhoods APPG inquiry into levelling up

Responding to the Left Behind Neighborhoods APPG‘s inquiry into levelling up, Cllr Nicolas Heslop, Chair of South East Councils said: “We hear about the ‘affluent’ South East in the headlines – despite that the relative affluence of local residents does not always translate into council spending power as one might think. The stereotype of the …

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South East Councils write to Labour Leader Keir Starmer following the Brown report

South East Council’s Chair Cllr Nicolas Heslop, Deputy Chair Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, and Vice-Chair Cllr Tony Page have written to Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer KCB KC MP, Leader of the Labour Party and MP for Holborn and St Pancras. This follows the recent publication of the Party’s Report of the Commission on the …

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SEC welcomes new Transport Committee Chair Iain Stewart MP

South East Council’s Chair Cllr Nicolas Heslop and Deputy Chair Cllr Paul Bettison OBE have written to congratulate Iain Stewart MP, the Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South, on his appointment to Chair the Transport Committee. The letter referred to the work of the South East APPG on transport, including this year’s inquiry into levelling …

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South East Councils launches latest South East 1,000 regional monitor

Earlier today South East Council members, business leaders and other sector leaders from across the region gathered at the launch of the latest South East 1,000 regional monitor.    This is the fifth edition of the South East 1,000 monitor which sees SEC partner with polling agency Savanta ComRes and economist Vicky Pryce to produce …

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SEC writes to new Levelling Up Minister Dehenna Davison MP

South East Council’s Chair Cllr Nicolas Heslop and Deputy Chair Cllr Paul Bettison OBE have written to congratulate Levelling Up Minister Dehenna Davison MP on her appointment to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The letter invited the Minister to take part as a speaker in our upcoming event with the MJ and …

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South East Councils congratulates Levelling Up Secretary Simon Clarke on his appointment

South East Council’s Chair Cllr Nicolas Heslop and Deputy Chair Cllr Paul Bettison OBE have written to congratulate the new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities The Rt Hon Simon Clarke MP on his appointment. The letter brought to his attention that: “A new funding model is needed to help harness additional …

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South East APPG publishes inquiry report on levelling up

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the South East has published its report following its inquiry: Financing the future – what does levelling up mean for South East England? South East Councils acts as the Secretariat for the South East APPG. The report reveals major concern amongst local government and business groups in the South …

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Exploring collaboration across a wider South East area

South East Councils was pleased to co host London and the Wider South East Conference with East of England LGA, GLA and London Councils today bringing together local authorities from across the South East with colleagues from East of England and London.  Alongside an overview of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill from the Department …

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South East Councils congratulates new Levelling Up Secretary on his appointment

South East Council’s Chair Cllr Nicolas Heslop and Deputy Chair Cllr Paul Bettison OBE have written to congratulate the new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP on his appointment. The recently published Spring 2022 South East 1,000 Monitor, the largest and most authoritative regular survey of councillor, business …

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