We operate as an unincorporated partnership within a framework set out by Government which has been tailored to our local circumstances. Our aim is to work constructively with local and national partners to foster the economic success of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Decision making is focused on our Executive Board. The Partnership is the overarching body which brings together all of the partners across the area who have a shared objective in seeing the local economy prosper.
Our constitution was updated in April 2018 and can be found here: SSLEP Constitution April 2018
Our finances are managed by Staffordshire County Council as the Accountable Body. This ensures that all funding is managed in accordance with good practice and audited each year. We have an Accountable Body Agreement which can be found here: SSLEP_SCC Accountable Body Agreement Annual audits are found under the Audit drop-down menu below. A link to Staffordshire County Council’s Corporate Review Committee, which scrutinises the LEP, can be found here
Each board member is required to sign a code of conduct and complete a Declaration of Interests before they can participate in a board meeting. Members are required to keep these up to date and to advise the secretariat of any changes. Members’ declarations can be found under the Declarations of Interest drop-down menu below. The official record held at the LEP office contains the signatures of all the parties concerned. Members of staff are also required to sign a code of conduct.
When considering projects and programmes for funding we do so in accordance with the constitution and our project prioritisation and business case process, which can be found here: Business cases project prioritisation and grant funding agreements
We publish business cases for City Deal and Local Growth Deal funding and their independent assessment under the Business Cases tab in the Publication Library section of Resources.
While we strive to resolve complaints at an early stage, we have an Enquiries and Complaints Procedure which provide an opportunity to address them and where necessary to make them confidential. The procedure can be found here: Enquiries and Complaints Policy
In addition we have a Whistleblowing Policy. This covers situations where an individual who has concerns about a danger, risk, contravention of rules or illegality provides useful information to address this. In doing so they are acting in the wider public interest, usually because it threatens others or impacts on public funds. The policy can be found here: Whistleblowing policy
Our policy on GDPR and information sharing can be found here: SSLEP How We Use Your Information
Each July, we publish annual accounts which set out how the LEP has invested its resources. In addition, each October we publish an annual report which sets out a full picture of the LEP’s activities over the previous year. This publication coincides with our annual conference. Both publications can be found under the Annual Reports tab in Resources.
The District and Borough Council representatives on the Board are nominated by a meeting of Leaders which involves all of the local authorities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. In addition this group nominates representatives to serve on the other groups as outlined in the constitution. In addition the draft agenda and public papers are circulated directly to all authorities with a request for them to contact their representatives.
LEP Accountability & Assurance Framework, policies & documentation
SSLEP Constitution April 2018
Enquiries and Complaints Policy
Code of Conduct for LEP Board Members
Business cases project prioritisation and grant funding agreements
SSLEP_SCC Accountable Body Agreement
SSLEP How We Use Your Information
Declarations of interest
Signatures are redacted on the website forms. The originals may be inspected at the LEP office.
Executive Board Members