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Welcome to the SIGOMA website. The site provides information on our current and previous work and also supporting documents. If you are a member please use your username and password to access SIGOMA papers and publications.

Not a member? Please read more about our current work and use the public documents section of the site to download and view SIGOMAs lobbying work.

News and Press Releases

New SIGOMA briefing document Protecting Vital Services released
The document, subtitled A Fair and Sustainable Funding Model , examines the likely impact of cuts beyond 2015-16 and offers alternatives to the current unfair funding mechanism.
Councils in deprived areas hit hardest by council cuts
Figures have been released by SIGOMA showing the diparity in funding cuts to councils across the country, with the North East suffering £350 per head more than the more affluent South East.
New Blog on the MJ on Audit Commission Report on Business Rates Collection
Read the new SIGOMA blog responding to the Audit Commission's report on how collection rates differ for business rates across authorities, which explains why metropolitan boroughs may have lower collection rates. For subscribers to the MJ only.
Sign the Petition to 'Stop the Growing Divide'
Councils across the country are calling on government to support those areas worst affected by the cuts. Add your name to the e-petition by clicking the link above. Add your voice to help stop the growing divide between the richest and poorest areas.
Campaign launched to 'Stop the Growing Divide'
SIGOMA are joining with councils and organisations across the country to 'Stop the Growing Divide' between rich and poorer areas. The campaign asks Government for a discussion about how to rebalance the divide before the cuts leave the poorest areas further adrift. You can sign the e-petition to add your voice to this message.

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SIGOMA is a special interest group of 45 urban authorities in the northern, midland and south-coast regions of England. We are the collective voice across these regions and embody the opportunities and potential of the communities who live there. The SIGOMA group of local authorities has a joint population of around 13 million people – making it one of the largest special interest groups within the Local Government Association and accountable for about 25% of local government spending in England.

The aims of SIGOMA are to:

  • represent the interests of our members within the Local Government Association
  • channel the views of our members to Government, the LGA, Government Departments and any other appropriate body.
  • provide a forum for discussion at the highest political level, of matters of common concern to member authorities.

SIGOMA Authorities need resources and freedoms to improve the opportunities of the local communities they represent. Over the last eight years, we have worked hard to make sure that SIGOMA provides an authoritative and influential voice on local government finance and funding issues, seeking to ensure that some of the most deprived communities in the country receive the investment they need.

SIGOMA also recognises the breadth of issues facing our urban areas and will continue to work with local partners, like primary care trusts and Government departments to improve the health and well being of communities in urban areas.

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