Bryony Houlden, Chief Executive, South West Councils
Cllr Harvey Siggs, Chair of the SW Councils Employers' Panel, was appointed Chair of the National Association of Regional Employers (NARE) at the NARE AGM on Thursday 24 October 2013. NARE includes members and officers from each of the English regions, Northern Ireland and Wales. This provides a strong national voice to influence negotiations on pay, terms and conditions. It is also a useful platform for sharing information and collaborating with other regions.
The Local Government Rewiring proposals launched at the LGA Conference and followed up at the SW Councils AGM in July have continued to be debated by South West authorities over the summer and into the autumn. There will be a further opportunities for authorities to come together and discuss the specifics in more detail on 12 November when we have a joint event with the LGA following the next meeting of SW Councils. If you haven’t booked your place please do so as soon as possible by clicking here. For those of you who haven’t engaged in the debate I would recommend viewing the short video on the LGA website, which captures the essence of the 10 point plan very effectively.
It has been a busy period for conferences and events so thank you to all the participants who helped make them a success. The Conference for PAs and Executive Assistants earlier this month was particularly well attended and I thought one of the best sessions was the delegates sharing their own Top Tips with the judges struggling to choose the best – in the end we decided on “Know who your go-to person is". If you want to read the other tips, you will find them on our Facebook page. As you would expect we evaluate all our events and reflect on the feedback; the PAs provided some really useful feedback on the content for the next annual conference on 7 October, it is not too early to book! As part of our ongoing evaluation of what we are doing well and not so well we are just undertaking a customer survey. We would really appreciate it if you were able to participate and will be sending details shortly. Details of the survey will also be available on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
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Nuclear power station to boost local economy
On the 21 October, the Government announced that the proposed nuclear power plant, Hinckley Point C, in West Somerset is to become a reality. There will be two reactors at the site, with the first expected to be operational by 2023.
Both Somerset County Council and West Somerset Council have welcomed the approval of Hinckley Point C. Both councils have highlighted the economic benefit that the station will bring to the area and the region. It is expected that the construction of the plant will create 25,000 jobs and will inject £100m into the local economy, in addition to 900 permanent jobs for its 60 year lifespan.