The three local authorities in the Marches LEP area (Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council) agreed in 2014 for a committee to be established so that decisions could be made jointly rather than separately by each local authority.
The resulting Marches Enterprise Joint Committee (MEJC) provides the highest level of decision making for the LEP. The MEJC provides a further level of accountability for the use of public funds, with the LEP Board making recommendations to the MEJC.
The Board will recommend approval of plans and strategies which the LEP will adopt to govern its priorities and direction including the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), Business Plan, Growth Deal 1, extension and 3, Marches Skills Plan, EU Structural & Investment Funds Strategy (ESIF) and major transport projects.
The MEJC will agree the allocation of funds relating to the SEP.
The members of the MEJC are the Leaders of the three Councils: Cllr Tony Johnson from Herefordshire Council who Chairs the committee, Cllr Malcom Pate from Shropshire Council and Cllr Shaun Davies from Telford & Wrekin Council. The LEP Board Chair Graham Wynn OBE sits on the MEJC but does not have voting rights.
The MEJC tends to meet bi-monthly and the meetings are open to the public. Herefordshire Council provides the secretariat for the MEJC, publicising, organising and taking minutes of the meetings.
Information on the Marches Enterprise Joint Committee can be found by clicking on the links below:
The MEJC Terms of Reference can be found here
The formal purpose, roles and responsibilities of the MEJC can be found in the LEP’s Accountability & Assurance Framework.
How decisions are made
The LEP’s Accountability and Assurance Framework sets out the key practices and standards of the LEP in managing growth in the Marches area, in decision-making around agreed priorities and in ensuring decisions about funding are proper and value for money is achieved.
The LEP’s Scheme of Delegation (SoD) clearly identifies what decisions remain the responsibility of the MEJC and what decisions can be made by the LEP Director in consultation with others. The SoD enables the LEP Director to make decisions in certain circumstances as permitted by law and in accordance with each local authority’s constitution.