Who sits on the South West Regional Assembly?
There are currently 119 members who make up the Regional Assembly. 79 come from the 51 Unitary, County and District Authorities in the South West; two represent the National Parks Authorities in the region; two come from the Association of Local Councils; and 36 represent the region’s Social, Economic and Environmental Partners (SEEPs).
The SEEPs are drawn from a range of sectors including businesses, the voluntary sector, education and training, environmental bodies, faith communities, trades unions, tourism, health, agriculture, Racial Equality Councils, co-operative agencies, Learning and Skills Councils, Business Links and Culture.
The Constitution of the Regional Assembly was finalised in August 2000, upon the amalgamation with the Regional Planning Conference. As the Assembly takes on new roles and responsibilities, the Constitution is revised to reflect these changes.
Membership is reviewed by local authorities every year, and changes reflect political proportionality across the region after local elections. The SEEP representatives are nominated by regional Groups and these are reviewed at least every four years, so the Membership is fairly fluid.