24 March 2017
This is my last missive as we go into purdah in county council elections and then on in the LGA Independent Group Leadership elections
Recent announcements, the challenge for councils and the role of the LGA
The Government published its Spring Budget yesterday, with a welcome extra £2bn for social care over the next three years, leading the headlines.
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 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 Government has finally published its long awaited Housing White Paper, ‘Fixing our broken housing market'.
Housing and planning took centre stage last week with our packed Independent Group member's seminar on Friday.
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?
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.