Combined Authorities

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2014 Local Government Service Group Conference
14 February 2014

Conference deplores the cuts in funding from Central Government to Local Government. As a result of these cuts, groups of Councils are looking to become a combined authority.

There is currently one combined authority in Greater Manchester, although by the end of April 2014 there could be another four such combined authorities in England.

Such combined authorities are being formed to receive certain delegated functions from Central Government in order to deliver transport, economic skills development and regeneration.

Conference we call upon the Service Group Executive to:

1)Issue advice to Branches on how to respond to the formation of such combined authorities.

2)Provide support and training to representatives to ensure any combined authority recognises UNISON.

3)Ensure that comprehensive support is available from the Service Group, Regions, and External Experts for Branches dealing with combined authorities to ensure our members jobs and terms and conditions are not lost due to the formation of any combined authority.

4)To liaise with and work with other service groups in the regions potentially affected by the formation of a combined authority to ensure that all citizenship issues are addressed.