Statement on Special Interest Groups
1. The LGA Constitution provides for 10 or more full member authorities with common
features, interests or concerns to form a Special Interest Group (SIG). Under exceptional
circumstances, the LGA Leadership Board may agree for smaller groups of councils to
establish a SIG.
LGA Constitution – clause 15
15.1 If ten or more full member authorities with common features, interests or
concerns so request by formal notice to the Chief Executive, the Association,
acting through the LGA Leadership Board, may establish a Special Interest
Group (SIG) for such authorities. Membership shall be open to all member
authorities with such common features.
15.2 In any case of doubt as to whether an authority is eligible for membership of a
SIG, the LGA Leadership Board shall determine the matter.
15.3 The Association may provide secretarial services to SIGs, having regard to the
overall level of resources available to the Association, provided it is satisfied
that the SIG’s activities accord with the strategic direction and interests of the
Association as a whole. SIGs may provide their own, or augment Association
support, through resources raised from member authorities.
15.4 Special Interest Groups shall develop their own rules of procedure subject to
the approval of the LGA Leadership Board. Each Special Interest Group shall
report annually on its activities to the LGA Leadership Board.
Rules of Operation of SIGs
2. If requested, and subject to the availability of resources, the LGA will provide:
secretarial support to Special Interest Groups for up to a maximum of 3 meetings
per year in London;