The General Assembly is the only LGA decision making forum which all authorities in full membership are eligible to attend and to vote. Its responsibilities include:
- Debating motions submitted by local authorities in membership of the Association;
- Determining the terms of reference, delegated powers, size and political composition of the Association’s governance structures;
- Electing the President and Office Holders of the Local Government Association;
- Noting Vice-President appointments;
- Receiving the audited accounts of the Association;
- Receiving an Annual Report from the Audit Committee;
- Approving changes to the Association’s Constitution, Political Conventions and Standing Orders.
All authorities in voting membership are entitled to a minimum of one vote and to appoint at least one (maximum of four) elected representative to the General Assembly. The members nominated to the LGA General Assembly will be able to vote according to the allocated votes to the council, should the need arise at the meeting.
Determining how appointments to the General Assembly are made, and deciding how votes are allocated between representatives, is entirely at the discretion of individual councils. However, as a cross party organisation, the Association encourages those authorities entitled to three or four representatives on the General Assembly to allocate one of those positions to Minority Group Leaders.
The tenure is one year, beginning at the Annual Meeting in each year and ending immediately before the Annual Meeting in the following year, or with immediate effect if the individual ceases to be a councillor of a local authority, or if his/her authority ceases to be in membership of the Association.
Fatima de Abreu
Member Support Officer, LGA