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.
Thank you for all you do for our communities, our councils and our country, both directly and through the Local Government Association.
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.
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.
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.
In the run up to the Autumn Statement on 23 November, the LGA has produced a cross party "State of the Nation" report on adult care. The report says that for too long social care has been seen as an adjunct to the NHS, rather than a service of equal importance'.
Last week, the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government presented his first draft budget and local government finance settlement to the Welsh Assembly.
Last week several members of the independent group were involved in devolution debates in their local areas, myself included. Here are some thoughts on why Lincolnshire County Council voted against their devo deal, 43 to 17
Theresa May made her first Conservative Party Conference speech as Prime Minister, aiming to steer the country towards calmer waters.
Last week we held an Information and Development Seminar on the roles of the Monitoring Officer and Section 151 Officer. The meeting came about at the request of several group members.