Wednesday 20 August 2014

About Us

East Midlands Councils represents the interests of local councils to Government and national organisations.  We enable local councils to work together on key issues of common concern and support local councils with advice and services on employment, training and development, housing, health, transport and planning.

In these challenging times Councils need to work together, East Midlands Councils provides the opportunity for this collaboration to take place. It is the consultative forum for local authorities in the East Midlands, providing a strong voice for the region. It gives support to councils to help them develop their workforce and leadership and improve their services.

East Midlands Councils Role and Purpose

East Midlands Councils

  • is a consultative forum for local government in the East Midlands
  • represents the interest of local councils to national government and other organizations
  • enables local councils to work together on key issues of common concern
  • supports the improvement and development of local councils and their workforce
  • brings together political group leaders
  • makes appointments to national and regional bodies
  • provides a reporting and governance mechanism for regional local government partnerships e.g. Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP)
  • establishes and maintains an effective relationship with the national Local Government Association (LGA)

This forms the East Midlands Councils' Terms of Reference.

East Midlands Councils provides its members with:

  • Leadership on behalf of councils in the East Midlands, working closely with national government, business, health and the third sector.
  • An employers’ organisation for local authorities in the East Midlands.
  • A forum to influence Government strategies and investment plans, for example proposals for High Speed Rail.
  • Governance of the East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership.
  • A range of high quality services to Councils free or at not-for-profit rates.

Our Priorities for 2013/14

Over the past year, the focus of our activity has been firmly upon supporting economic growth and sector-led improvement/transformation.  From discussions with member councils, it is clear that these two priorities should continue to provide the framework for our future work. 

EMC - A New Approach - Summary of Proposals to make EMC a stronger and more effective voice for local government

East Midlands Councils 2013-15 Business Plan

We are confident that East Midlands Councils (EMC), with the excellent support of Members and staff, will achieve the aims and objectives of this business plan on behalf of the region’s local authorities.

EMC continues to deliver a number of important roles and responsibilities.  Over the past year, we have worked on a range of policy issues, including economic growth, local government pay and recent changes that affect health and housing.  Alongside this, EMC and its member councils have successfully lobbied for key infrastructure funding, securing £800m of investment for the upgrade and electrification of Midland Mainline and releasing £10m ERDF investment to support broadband provision.  EMC has also led the joint work of local councils on improvement and efficiency and through our commitment to providing service support to local authorities; EMC has continued to provide valuable sector-led support on HR and training, councillor and workforce development.  Furthermore, EMC has agreed and implemented revised governance and accountability arrangements.

EMC has published its two-year rolling business plan which sets out a formal statement of EMC’s objectives for 2013-14/2014-15 and reflects a more medium term approach to its activity. 

EMC Business Plan 2013-15

Political representation

East Midlands Councils is chaired by Cllr Jon Collins - Leader, Nottingham City Council and the Vice Chairs is Cllr Martin Hill OBE- Leader, Lincolnshire County Council and District Vice Chair - Cllr Neil Clarke MBE - Leader, Rushcliffe Borough Council.

For information about the members on East Midlands Councils visit

Local Elections 2013

As a result of the recent county council elections, the Labour Party is now the largest political group in the region.  The figures, as provided by the LGA, are available here.


Members of East Midlands Councils

45 local authorities in the East Midlands are members of East Midlands Councils.  For details of which authorities are members please visit -

How does East Midlands Councils work?

  • We are a small but dedicated, skilled and experienced team.
  • We focus on programmes and services that save councils money and build skills and capacity.
  • Our services are driven by Councils’ requests and requirements.
  • We work with other associations and national bodies to identify and share best practice.
  • We have a proven track record in effective learning and development interventions delivering projects and funded activity.
  • Our customers and clients return to us again and again.

What are the benefits of membership?

Councils that are members of East Midlands Councils can access:

  • Lobbying on issues of strategic importance to member councils.
  • Supporting economic growth initiatives and sector-led improvement and transformation.
  • Training for elected Members and officers at cost effective rates.
  • Councillor development programmes and support to achieve the regional councillor development charter.
  • Products and services at extremely reduced rates, for example licences for on-line
  • HR information systems and IT security breach warning service.
  • Leadership and workforce development opportunities.
  • Outplacement support, for example skills workshops and career coaching.
  • Assessment and development centre design and delivery.
  • Low cost Continuing Professional Development programmes for officers working in planning and environmental health.
  • Direct political links with national and international bodies including the Local Government Association and the EU Committee of the Regions.
  • Low cost and free HR services.
  • Strategic HR advice.
  • Policy support and research across a range of topics including housing, health, transport and planning.
  • Low cost interim and technical support.