Budget preparations – Group Leader's Comment – 17 February 2017

Budget time is an opportunity for members to demonstrate their values by putting their money where their mouth is. New innovations or amendments are being roundly proposed by Independent Group members across our two countries.

The Industrial Strategy – Group Leader's Update – 10 February 2017

The new Industrial Strategy was released by the Rt Hon. Greg Clark at the end of January, putting our country's ability to restore prosperity well up the agenda.

The Housing White Paper - Group Leader's comment - 8 February 2017

The Government has finally published its long awaited Housing White Paper, ‘Fixing our broken housing market'.

Spring forecast – Group Leader's update – 30 January 2016

Housing and planning took centre stage last week with our packed Independent Group member's seminar on Friday.

Broadband – Group Leader's update – 20 January 2017

Broadband is not only essential for residents and businesses, but is critical for local growth and tourism. So, how far are we from the government target of superfast broadband being available to 95 percent of premises by December 2017?

Fixing our roads – Group Leader's update – 13 January 2016

New statistics out this week show the growing backlog means that councils together are facing a £14bn local road repair bill in the next two years. That is more than three times as much as the total highways spend.

Leader's New Year Message – Group Leader's comment – 30 December 2016

Thank you for all you do for our communities, our councils and our country, both directly and through the Local Government Association.

Local Finance Settlement – Group Leader's update – 16 December 2016

On Thursday, Secretary of State Sajid Javid, announced the settlement for local government. There is no new money for local councils and it fell far short from delivering the £1.3bn increase we need to cover adult care immediately and the £2.6bn in the longer term.

The cost of care - Group Leader comment – 14 December 2016

Following its shocking omission from the Autumn Statement, we have been mounting pressure on the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to ensure there is adequate investment in adult care.

Housing and Infrastructure – Group Leader update - 21 November 2016

Recently, Shadow Housing Minister, John Healey, commissioned house-builder Pete Redfern, CE of Taylor Whimpey, to answer the question of how to increase home ownership.