County councils turn to Westminster Strategy

The County Council Network, which represents all English county councils and is a part of the Local Government Association, has appointed Westminster Strategy as its first public affairs agency.

The County Council Network, which represents all English county

councils and is a part of the Local Government Association, has

appointed Westminster Strategy as its first public affairs agency.



Westminster Strategy was hired earlier this month after a competitive

pitch against Shandwick, Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn and CDC

Consultancy.



Westminster Strategy is expected to help the network represent the

interests of county councils in the political arena. This will include

lobbying for greater funding of county councils in the run-up to the

Government’s standard spending assessment settlement, which determines

how much money goes to which councils for the year and is due in

December.



Issues also facing the network include the economic regeneration of

rural areas and ensuring county councils are represented in the debate

over the role of local government in the run-up to a Local Government

Bill being introduced to Parliament.



Stephen Campbell, secretary of the County Council Network, confirmed the

organisation had appointed Westminster Strategy.



The County Council Network was formed at the same time as the LGA in

April 1997. Westminster Strategy previously worked for the Association

of County Councils, one of the bodies which was amalgamated into the

LGA.



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