The Independent Group is the most diverse group of councillors and the most representative of the public. It is important that we harness the knowledge and experience of our members to ensure that we are working effectively and that our voices are heard. In order to help achieve this we have set up a number of policy think tanks that will shadow the work of the various LGA governance structures. Each think tanks is led by the lead Independent Group member appointed to the relevant LGA governance structure. They cover the following policy areas:

  • Children and Young People
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Culture, Tourism and Sport
  • Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport
  • Resources
  • Safer and Stronger Communities
  • Improvement and Innovation
  • City Regions
  • People and Places
  • EU/International matters 
  • Fire and Rescue Services

What do they do?

  • Provide a constructive forum for the exchange of ideas and information between members to assist policy development
  • Serve as an informed voice to assist the Independent Group Executive
  • Identify, articulate, and evaluate current policy issues and develop solutions
  • Provide timely comment on LGA policy briefings and submissions. 

How do they work?

  • They primarily carry out their function virtually
  • There is also the opportunity for members of think tanks to come together as part of various Group events
  • Full members appointed to relevant LGA governance structure are responsible for leading appropriate engagement with the members of their think tank. 

Who can be part of a think tank?

  • Any member that is able to receive support from the Independent Group can join a think tank
  • Members appointed to LGA Boards including substitutes, are automatically added to the corresponding think tank membership list
  • Think tanks are promoted through our publicity channels and members can contact the Independent Group Office on Independent.GroupLGA@local.gov.uk to register their areas of interest.

Please find below a table summarising each of the think tanks, with indication of its lead member and the priority policy areas set for 2016-17 by the corresponding LGA governance structure:

 

Think Tank

Lead Member

Current policy priorities

Children and Young People

Cllr Gillian Ford

 

Deputy Chair of the LGA Children and Young People Board

  • Education
  • Early Years
  • Children's Services

Read the governance document

Visit the LGA policy area page for more information on our work

 

Community Wellbeing

Mayor Kate Allsop

 

Deputy Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board

  • Integration and devolution of health and social care (including Sustainable Transformation Plans and community services)
  • Funding and support for adult social care
  • Vulnerable and older people (including disabilities, personalisation, co-production, carers and end of life care, housing, Armed Forces)
  • Impact of the vote to leave the EU (including securing investment which is currently sourced from the EU; Developing a new legal base for local government; Initiating a constitutional debate; Community Cohesion; Place-based impact).

Read the governance document

Visit the LGA policy area page for more information on our work

Culture, Tourism and Sport

Cllr Ian Stephens

 

Chair of the LGA Culture, Tourism and Sport Board

  • Culture, tourism and sport improvement programme for councillors
  • Sport and physical activity
  • LGA / DCMS Libraries Taskforce
  • Culture, heritage and place making
  • The visitor economy
  • Devolution
  • Negotiating the EU exit

Read the governance document

Visit the LGA policy area page for more information on our work

Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport

Cllr Julian German

 

Deputy Chair of the LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board

This Board provides strategic oversight of the LGA's policy, regulatory and improvement activity in relation to the economy and environment, including transport, employment and skills, economic development and business support, housing, planning, waste and climate change, in line with the LGA priorities and any specific regulatory and LGA European lobbying priorities as they relate to this activity.

Visit the following LGA policy area pages for more information on our work: on economy and transport and on environment, planning and housing

Resources

Cllr Clarence Barrett

 

Deputy Chair of the LGA Resources Board

  • Pay and negotiations
  • Pensions
  • Workforce Strategy
  • Local Government Finance (incl. Business Rates Retention, Local Government Settlements, Capital Financing)
  • Welfare Reform & Life Changes

Read the governance document

Visit the following LGA policy area pages for more information on our work on: finance and workforce

Safer and Stronger Communities

Cllr Clive Woodbridge

 

Deputy Chair of the LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board

  • Prevent and Counter-terrorism
  • Community Safety
  • Blue-light Services
  • Licensing and regulation
  • Crematoria, coroners and medical examiners
  • The Investigatory Powers Bill
  • The Policing and Crime Bill
  • The Counter-Terrorism and Safeguarding Bill
  • Community cohesion
  • Legal framework for council enforced regulatory services in light of the UK exit from the EU

Read the governance document

Visit the LGA policy area page for more information on our work

Improvement and Innovation

Cllr Ron Woodley

 

Deputy Chair of the LGA Improvement and Innovation Board

This Board offers "corporate" improvement support to councils and sets a strategic framework for all LGA activity designed to help and support councils drive their own improvement and strengthen local accountability and transparency.

Find out more about how the LGA supports local councils

City Regions

Cllr Liz Hazel

 

Deputy Chair of the LGA City Regions Board

  • Decentralisation and Devolution
  • Skills and employment support
  • Public Service Reform
  • Economic Growth
  • Welfare Reform
  • Implications of leaving the EU (including constitutional implications)
  • LGA's "Leading Places" programme

Visit the following LGA pages for more information on our work on: localism, devolution, Welfare Reform and Leading Places Project

People and Places

Cllr John Pollard

 

Deputy Chair of the LGA People and Places Board

  • Devolution
  • Skills & Employment
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Implication of UK leaving the EU (in particular in relation to rural and digital issues)
  • LGA's "Leading Places" programme

Read the governance document

Visit the following LGA pages for more information on our work on: localism, devolution, digital connectivity and Leading Places Project

EU/International matters                       

Group Office

Visit the LGA policy area page for more information on our work

Fire and Rescue Services                       

Group Office

Visit the LGA policy area page for more information on our work