What We Do

SIGOMA are the collective voice of urban areas

Through the groups described below, we brief parliamentary representatives on issues under debate in the Houses of Parliament, make representations to government departments and respond to their consultations. SIGOMA members also regularly participate in government advisory groups.

SIGOMA supports its membership by providing analysis of policy statements from government and evaluations of their potential local impact.  Our analysis and comment is respected within the local government community. Much of our work is achieved through collaboration between Officers’ and Leaders’ Groups. 

We will also collaborate with or support other local and national organisations whose interests coincide with those of our members.

SIGOMA communicates directly with the public by contributing articles and opinions on matters of interest to the press and via social media.

We seek to ensure that the voice of metropolitan authorities and the thirteen million citizens they represent are heard.

How SIGOMA works

Full Member Meetings of elected representatives from each SIGOMA authority are held quarterly.  Sub-groups are established from time to time for specific purposes.

Executive Committee Meetings of councillors for members’ authorities are held as necessary. The committee is responsible for overseeing the work of the whole SIGOMA group, agreeing priorities and setting broad objectives.

A Technical Officers’ Group is made up of finance experts and accountants from each authority. The group networks and meets to work on joint projects as well as share information.

A Parliamentary Group of MPs represents constituencies in member authorities. Regular meetings with MPs and an increase in overall activity have strengthened this relationship.

The SIGOMA Office works to the Executive and Parliamentary group. It is responsible for servicing all SIGOMA groups, carrying out research and managing projects.