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What is LGYH and how does it work?

What is Local Government Yorkshire and Humber?

Local Government Yorkshire and Humber (LGYH) is the cross party alliance of local authorities, which enables them to work together and collaborate on issues of common purpose.

When and why was it established?

The 22 councils in the region established LGYH in April 2006 because they wanted to ensure there was a collective local government organisation which would influence national and regional developments.

They realised that through LGYH, they could put forward a united voice for local government, achieve improvements in services through collaboration and be the employers’ organisation for Yorkshire and Humber. It now includes Police and Crime Commissioners, fire service authorities and the national park authorities.


Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, City of York Council, Craven District Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hambleton District Council, Harrogate Borough Council, Humber Fire and Rescue Authority, Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Kingston Upon Hull City Council, Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Leeds City Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North York Moors National Park Authority, North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Richmondshire District Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Ryedale District Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Selby District Council, Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Fire and Civil Defence Authority, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

How does it Work?

Through its members, it provides a collective strategic vision for local government . Through the Leaders and Chief Executives, it provides political and managerial local government leadership in Yorkshire and Humber.

To help it achieve this, it:

  • Brings together local authorities within the region to discuss/debate/share learning on key issues affecting local government
  • Provides a forum for the development of regional strategic responses to key issues affecting local government
  • Contributes to and influences Government on the future of local government
  • Supports councils, police and fire services to improve how they deliver services
  • Supports the improvment and innovation
  • Supports local authorities to improve as empl.oyers
  • LGYH Networks, Task Groups, Boards and Panels

LGYH undertakes much of its work through Networks, Task Groups, Boards and Panels consisting of local authority members, officers and relevant partners. These are formed on an ad hoc basis as business demands dictate.

How do local authorities, police and fire authorities benefit from being members?

  • Increased opportunities to influence policies and developments affecting local government in Yorkshire and Humber through the collective regional response
  • Better network opportunities with one another which enables more collaboration between councils.
  • Expert advice on employment issues
  • Improved co-ordination of the improvement and efficiency agenda
  • Increased learning and development opportunities for members, officers, councils, police and fire services

What makes the organisation different?

  • It is a one-stop, integrated local authority body.
  • It delivers a work programme which is developed and agreed by local authority leaders, police and fire authority chairs.
  • It is responsive to the needs of local authorities
  • It is dynamic and proactive and will deliver for councils and the fire services

For information about governance, a copy of the LGYH Constitution and information about Members please click here.

LGYH: The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TG Telephone: 01924 200 262 email:

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