The South East LEP is an informal partnership; it is a strategic body, which brings together the public and private sectors to support economic growth in its constituent areas.
The LEP is governed by a Board of 27 members, supported by a small secretariat team and partners and organisations throughout the LEP area.
The SE LEP Strategic Board sets the strategic direction of the LEP, providing clear strategic leadership and championing shared SE LEP priorities. It is the main SE LEP interface with Government, bringing together both private and public sectors to drive local growth and job creation and to oversee all SE LEP activity to deliver this aim.
Formal democratic decision-making is through the SE LEP Accountability Board which approves all major funding decisions and monitors and manages SE LEP’s capital programme for greatest impact, informed by local area management information. The Joint Committee structure of the Accountability Board roots decision-making firmly in the democratic process and enables it to be subject to democratic scrutiny. All activity and decisions of the Accountability Board are available to view here Details of the public questions policy for Accountability Board meetings can be found here.
Local Area Delivery Boards/Partnerships manage funding devolved by the Accountability Board, taking all local decisions on this investment within defined thresholds (based on the quantum and percentage of local investment programme). Local Area Partnerships/Boards may either be established as Joint Committees in their own right or operate by advising their responsible County/Unitary authority (S151) Finance Director.
Local Area Delivery Boards/Partnerships are responsible for local delivery and managing their local programme within these local tolerance levels for both spending and delivery as agreed by the SE LEP Accountability Board. They will submit quarterly reports to the SE LEP Accountability Board for formal approval as part of SE LEP’s reporting process to Government.
As Accountable Body, Essex County Council, retains overall legal accountability for the SE LEP investment programme, supported by Essex’s Chief Finance Officer, the S151 officer.