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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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South East Councils hosts Parliamentary Reception

Following its AGM yesterday in Westminster, South East Councils (SEC) held a Parliamentary Reception for members and guests. Thank you very much Sally-Ann Hart, the MP for Hastings and Rye, for hosting the event. Around 70 people gathered to hear speeches from: Cllr Hannah Dalton, Deputy Leader of the LGA Independent Group Daisy Cooper, MP …

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Latest SE 1,000 poll challenge Levelling Up agenda

South East Councils has launched the South East 1,000 biannual regional monitor. It shows that the majority of members of the public, local businesses and councillors think decisions should be taken by district or borough councils. SE 1,000 is a comprehensive polling of 1,000 adults undertaken by Savanta ComRes among businesses, councillors and the public, …

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What does the Queen’s Speech mean for the South East?

The 2022 Queen’s Speech delivered to Parliament by Prince Charles sets out the Government’s priority to “grow and strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living for families.”  Important bills for Councils in the South East to watch include:   A new Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to drive local growth and empower local …

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Responses to APPG South East inquiry on Levelling Up priorities for the region

Next week the APPG for the South East will welcome MPs, South East Council members and other key stakeholders to share views on their inquiry, “Financing the future – what does Levelling-up mean for South East England?” A large number of written responses have been received from business, council and other stakeholders – read these …

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