The Marches LEP operates as an informal partnership of private and public sector leaders, with a streamlined structure developed in the interests of minimising bureaucracy, cost and duplication; achieving speedy decision making and delivery; and sharing expertise and resources.
Formal arrangements have been put in place to ensure fast and effective decision-making together with democratic accountability for the substantial public funds that are required to deliver the Marches Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and Growth Programme, including European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Single Local Growth Funds.
How decisions are made
The Marches Enterprise Joint Committee (MEJC) provides the highest level of decision making for the LEP, with the LEP Board making recommendations to the MEJC. The LEP’s Accountability and Assurance Framework sets out the key practices and standards of the LEP in managing growth within the Marches area.
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.
Accountability and Assurance Framework
The LEP’s Accountability and Assurance Framework sets out the key practices and standards of the LEP in managing growth within the Marches area. It is a comprehensive document which is reviewed annually to ensure it is compliant with the Government’s National Assurance Framework for LEPs.
Please click here to see our joint assurance statement ahead of our Annual Conversation.
Policies and Procedures
The Marches LEP is committed to ensuring we have effective and robust corporate governance arrangements in place helping to fulfil our role in driving local economic growth across the region.
Please find below the following:
- Confidential reporting procedures for third parties and the public
- Whistleblowing Policy
- LEP Staff and Board Code of Conduct Policy
- Board Register of Interests
- Accountability and Assurance Framework
- The Marches LEP Equality and Diversity Policy
- Scheme of Delegation
The LEP is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, however some of its partner organisations are, where applicable we will work with partners to ensure enquires are dealt with in line with relevant legislation.
Publication of meeting papers and agendas
The Marches Enterprise Joint Committee (MEJC) has the overall responsibility in making decisions in relation to the use of public funds, providing a level of democratic accountability, with the LEP Board making recommendations to MEJC. In relation to the publication of meeting papers and agendas it is our commitment to ensure that:
- MEJC agendas and papers will be published 5 clear working days before the meeting takes place;
- Minutes of MEJC will be published within 10 clear working days of the meeting taking place.
- Any declaration of interests made at the meeting are included within the minutes. A new declaration of interest will be updated on the relevant members register of interest form (adopted for all of our governance structures).
Handling of Confidential and Exempt Information
The Marches LEP complies with The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 regarding confidential information.
Confidential information means information given to the Council by a Government Department on terms which forbid its public disclosure or information which cannot be publicly disclosed by Court Order and as fully defined in Section 100A(3) of the Local Government Act 1972.
The process adopted for the handling of information is as follows:
- Documents shall be accessed against the established criteria and must be considered to match the criteria in order to be deemed confidential.
- In the event a document is assessed as being confidential it shall be marked as such listing the appropriate Local Government Act 1972 exemption.
- The reason for exemption shall be published on the LEP website within the relevant agenda papers section
Financial and Audit Information
As the LEP is not a legal entity, there is no requirement for the Marches LEP to produce its own set of accounts. However, it has been agreed that accounts be prepared in order to be fully transparent about how funding is being committed and spent.
The LEP has regular audits undertaken on their processes, procedures and systems, ensuring effective management of public funds. The latest audit report can be found here.