County APPG

The County All-Party Parliamentary Group (County APPG) acts as an influential forum to raise county issues – and opportunities – in Parliament and around Westminster.

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Equally, it also promotes and illustrates the importance of county councils and county unitary authorities to MPs, Lords, policymakers and caseworkers, in the context of Government legislation that affects local government and the public services that matter to Parliamentarian’s constituents.

Active since 2013, the County APPG has produced two influential reports on economic growth deals in county areas and health and social care integration. The APPG hosts regular briefings and informal receptions for networking within Parliament.

This is a crucial period for county areas – with key legislation coming forward on business rates reform, reforms to local government funding, the national schools funding formula, and other policy areas. As a key policy, Bills and legislation are set out, the County Councils Network (The County APPG’s secretariat) will provide insight and analysis on the key issues facing county councils and county unitary authorities.
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Join the County APPG

If you are a Parliamentarian who is interested in joining the County APPG, please email countycouncilsnetwork@local.gov.uk

What the APPG does

  • Facilitate dialogue between parliamentarians, Government Ministers and local stakeholders; raising issues that APPG members believe are important to such groups.
  • Investigate, monitor, and report on issues relating to the implementation of relevant Government reforms which impact on county areas.
  • Develop productive working relationships with other relevant All-Party Parliamentary Groups where there is a common interest in issue impacting on county areas
  • Provide a point of reference for any parliamentarian looking to understand aspects of county areas, providing a resource for research and information.
  • Provide regular briefings on current challenges facing county areas and the contribution that they make to the overall national economy and well-being.
  • Undertake inquiries into specific policy issues facing county areas, producing in-depth inquiry reports with practical, evidence-based recommendations.
  • Host parliamentary events to discuss upcoming legislation and provide a forum for all county representatives to identify common issues.