The LGFF is intended to be the grass roots voice of local government, it will be working to ensure that the Draft Floods and Water Bill due in Spring 2009 gives local government a fair deal.The LGFF will be a medium term task and finish group focused on the publication of the draft Floods and Water Bill, rather than an open ended commitment.
The LGFF was launched on July 14th in Gloucestershire by the leader of Gloucestershire County Council Barry Dare. As Councillor Dare said
“Our aim, through the Local Government Flood Forum is to put this determination to give councils a fair deal into practice and to show how working together will really make a difference.”
The LGFF will be chaired by Councillor Dare and the secretariat will be provided by the LGiU. The LGFF will be a cross party non-political forum for senior members and officers working for the interests of local authorities. The draft objectives are:
•To provide a coordinated voice on flooding issues for local government.
•To discuss the key flooding issues for local government.
•To generate new ideas and policy solutions that help local government.
There is no financial commitment required to join the LGFF. The first meeting will be held on October 14th at the LGiU’s offices in London.
We have already contacted those local authorities that were mainly affected by the summer 2007 floods or attended the launch. I am pleased to say that we have received positive responses from:
Boston Borough Council
Cambridgeshire County Council
Cheltenham Borough Council
City of York Council
Coventry City Council
Cumbria County Council
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Gloucestershire County Council
Essex County Council
Hampshire County Council
Herefordshire County Council
Kent County Council
Kingston Upon Hull City Council
Lancashire County Council
Leeds City Council
Lincolnshire County Council
Oxford City Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
South Staffordshire Council
The Vale of White Horse Council
Wealden District Council
West Berkshire Council
West Oxfordshire District Council
Worcestershire County Council
Arlingham Parish Council
We now wish to build the LGFF into a group that can represent all local government, reflecting the diversity of situations and views.
Activity to date
2nd JulyMeeting with the Floods and Water Bill team at Defra.
14th JulyLaunch of the Local Government Flooding Forum
16th JulyMeeting with Elliot Morley MP chair of the All Party
Parliamentary Water Group.
16th JulyMeeting with David Rooke Head of Flood Risk Management,
18th JulyMeeting with John Healey Minister for Floods Recovery at CLG
Planned activities for Chair and/or LGFF members
Meeting with government departments on the Pitt Review, facilitated by the LGA on September 12th.
First full meeting of LGFF scheduled for October 14th in London
Contact meetings with ministers
Contact meetings with opposition politicians
Meeting with the Environment Agency
Meeting with the Audit Commission
Regular meetings with the Draft Floods and Water Bill team
Conference in November
Press campaign to publicise the work of the LGFF
As you can see there is plenty of work to do, for further information