SEC General News

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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UK’s rail investment welcomed, but South East port corridors should be next

As Grant Shapps unveils the new Integrated Rail Plan, we support the Government’s commitment to addressing economic imbalances across the country, but the South East’s points of entry to the UK must not be overlooked.  Following the 2020 Oakervee Review into major transport schemes including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, today’s Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) …

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Raising revenue: should it be set by the South East?

COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the local government challenge of meeting expectations for local services delivery with fewer resources.     In our recent poll – SE 1,000 biannual monitor Autumn 2021 – we asked local people, businesses and councillors what forms of revenue raising should be considered at a local or regional level.     Most said Business …

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Polling shows that more must be done to demonstrate local climate action

Results from our SE 1,000  Savanta ComRes biannual monitor show that among the general public, just two in five people know about local climate change adaptation measures.  Previous polling revealed that the greater number of respondents indicated they knew either a lot, or a little about climate adaptation measures taken locally. Yet these latest polling results reveal that while …

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South East to receive £12 million to strengthen local economies

The South East is set to receive just over  £12 million in funding through the Community Renewal Fund, it was announced on Wednesday.   As part of the Levelling Up agenda, a total of £200 million has been promised for UK areas to boost productivity and grow local economies. 23 projects across 7 local authorities in the region …

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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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