General Assembly

Purpose of committee

About the General Assembly

 

The Local Government Association (LGA) General Assembly meets once a year and acts as the 'parliament' for local government. It is a key element of the LGA's member structure.

 

Voting and representation at the General Assembly is on the basis set out in the LGA's Constitution – see voting guidance.

 

Voting guidance

1. All member authorities are entitled to a minimum of one vote and to appoint at least one representative to the General Assembly.

 

2. Voting and representation at the General Assembly is on the basis set out in the Constitution:

 

District Councils
All district councils are entitled to one vote and to appoint one representative.

 

County Councils
County councils are entitled to votes equal to the number of district councils in their area and to appoint representatives equal to their number of votes or four representatives whichever is the lesser.

 

Unitary Authorities (metropolitan districts, London boroughs and the English and Welsh unitary authorities)
These authorities are entitled to votes on the basis of population bands, as set out in the table below, and to appoint representatives equal to their number of votes or four representatives whichever is the lesser.

 

Corporate Authorities (that is, fire, passenger transport and police authorities and the Association of National Parks Authorities)
On the election of LGA Chair, Vice-chairs and Deputy Chairs, and on questions of estimated expenditure and subscriptions under Article 6.2.1 of the Constitution, each corporate member is entitled to one vote.

On issues of direct relevance to their statutory duties and responsibilities, Corporate authorities are entitled to votes on the basis of population bands, as set out in the table below, (Article 6.2.2 of the Constitution). Corporate authorities are entitled to appoint representatives equal to their number of service votes or four representatives whichever is the lesser.

 

Population (Unitary Authorities and Corporate Authorities)

 

1–100,000:

2 votes

100,001–150,000:

3 votes

150,001–200,000:

4 votes

200,001–300,000:

5 votes

300,001–400,000:

7 votes

400,001–500,000:

9 votes

500,001–600,000:

11 votes

601,000–700,000:

13 votes

700,001–800,000:

15 votes

800,001 plus:

17 votes

3. The association encourages those authorities entitled to three or four representatives on the General Assembly to allocate one of those positions to minority group leaders on their authorities.

 

Membership

Contact information

Support officer: Fatima De Abreu. 020 7664 3136 / Email: Fatima.DeAbreu@local.gov.uk