Who We Represent

The Industrial Communities Alliance is the all-party association of local authorities in the industrial areas of England, Scotland and

The Alliance was formed in 2007 by the merger of the longer-standing associations covering coal and steel areas, dating back to the 1980s, and it has expanded to include other parts of industrial Britain.

Alliance local authorities cover many of the most disadvantaged local economies and communities in the country:

  • Decades of job loss have taken their toll on the prosperity of Britain’s industrial heartlands
  • There has been progress in regeneration – but too many of the new jobs are poorly-paid or insecure
  • Our areas are still home to much of what remains of UK manufacturing, but too often these industries and jobs remain under threat 

Membership of the Industrial Communities Alliance is open to all local authorities in Britain’s industrial areas.


Our Aims & Objectives

The role of the Alliance is to deliver:
  • Funding
  • Policies
The ultimate aim is to make sure the support is in place to enable economic, social and environmental renewal in the cities, towns and communities covered by Alliance member authorities. To deliver this goal, the Alliance:

Collective Voice

Provides a collective voice for its member authorities in the corridors of power in Westminster, Whitehall, Edinburgh and Cardiff


Publishes and circulates policy intelligence and analysis to help inform decision making

Keep Informed

Keeps its member authorities informed of the latest developments and opportunities


Tables proposals for policies and budget lines that will help deliver jobs, growth and prosperity

Our Methods

The Alliance is a lobbying organisation. Our aim is to influence policy decisions. We work with:

  • The UK government
  • The devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales
  • Development agencies
  • Allies and supporters

We maintain constructive and fruitful dialogue with:

  • Ministers
  • MPs, MSPs and AMs
  • Civil servants and officials behind the scenes

We play a key role in establishing and supporting cross-party groups in Westminster, in the Scottish Parliament and in the Welsh Assembly.

We also provide a channel of communication for the exchange of experience between our member authorities, including via an Annual Conference and other special events.

The Alliance has a well-established reputation for professionalism and expertise and brings to bear a wealth of local knowledge through a Policy Advisory Group of local authority officers from across the country