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The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the South Yorkshire region. The LEP has a key advisory role and works closely with the Mayoral Combined Authority to make strategic, policy and financial decisions.

The LEP Assurance Framework

Our Assurance Framework (PDF, 2Mb) explains what activities and decisions the LEP, Mayor, Combined Authority and Thematic Boards are responsible for and outlines how we appraise, assess and approve projects and programmes for investment.

The Assurance Framework will be updated during 2020 to include the procedures that will be put in place for the next phase of the devolution process.

LEP Governance Assurance Statement 

Annually the LEP are required to prepare and publish a Governance Assurance Statement (PDF, 138kb) as part of the Annual Performance Review with Government. 

LEP Terms of Reference

Our LEP Terms of Reference (PDF, 188kb) outline the role and aims of the LEP Board and the duties of LEP Board members.

LEP Board Recruitment Process

All appointments for private sector LEP Board membership are made through an open, transparent, competitive and non-discriminatory process. Find out more on our LEP Board Recruitment process page.

Equality and Diversity Policy

We value the diversity of our communities in the South Yorkshire region and recognise this as a huge asset. To find out more about our approach view our LEP Diversity Policy (PDF, 143kb).

Code of Conduct

All LEP Board members proactively sign-up to the SCR LEP Code of Conduct (PDF, 200kb) when they are appointed to the Board, as a condition of their appointment.  Our Code of Conduct explicitly requires LEP Board members to conform with the Seven Principles of Public Life (Nolan principles) – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

South Yorkshire MCA staff are required to sign the employee’s Code of Conduct as a condition of their employment.  By signing the Code of Conduct, South Yorkshire MCA staff agree to carry out their duties in accordance with the Nolan principles.

Expenses Policy

LEP Board members are entitled to claim back travel and subsistence costs incurred whilst undertaking duties and responsibilities on behalf of the South Yorkshire MCA. Full details are available in the LEP Expenses Policy (PDF 308kb).

In line with our LEP Expenses Policy we publish quarterly reports on expenses claimed by members.  View the Quarterly Expenses Reports on our Expenses page.

Register of Members’ Interests

In line with our LEP Declaration of Interest Policy (PDF, 172kb) we publish details of our members interests. You can view the Register of Interests for each Board Member on their profile pages.

In addition, members are asked to declare any interest in specific agenda items at the start of each Board meeting. You can search the Declarations at meetings page 

Gifts and Hospitality

LEP Board members must notify the South Yorkshire MCA's Chief Executive in writing of all offers of hospitality and gifts. Further detail is available in the LEP Gifts and Hospitality Policy (PDF, 150kb)

In line with our LEP Gifts and Hospitality Policy we publish gifts and hospitality received with a value of more than £50 on on individual’s profiles on our Committees and Meetings database website.

Whistleblowing Policy

Our LEP Whistleblowing Policy (PDF, 132kb) provides useful information on how to raise a concern, how the concern will be handled and how concerns will be dealt with sensitively and in confidence.

Confidential Complaints Procedure

To find out more about how to make a complaint and how we deal with any complaints received view our Confidential Complaints Policy page.

LEP Annual Plan

In line with national government guidance and good practice, the LEP produces an annual report, outlining activities, outputs and achievements that have been delivered in the preceding financial year.

This Annual Report looks back on the LEP’s achievements over the period April 2021-March 2022.

Read the LEP Annual Report 2021-2022 (PDF, 474kb)