I hope that all first readers were able to take some time off over the Christmas period, and I would like to wish you a happy new year and all the best for 2022.
Last month, I was privileged to be part of the LGA delegation to COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, alongside our Chairman, Cllr James Jamieson, Cllr David Renard, Chairman of the LGA’s Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board, and colleagues from the other political groups.
After last year’s virtual Conservative Party Conference, it was great to meet so many colleagues and friends in Manchester for this year’s event.
The Conservative Party Conference, which is approaching fast, is an important part of our political calendar, providing an opportunity to meet colleagues and ministers, and allowing us to debate and vote on party issues.
I hope that first readers were able to enjoy a well-earned break from council duties over the summer and spend some time with friends and family.
It was great to see so many Conservative councillors attending this year’s LGA annual conference, albeit once again virtually.
I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Ian Hudspeth, the former Leader of Oxfordshire County Council and lately Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, who was recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours list by being made an OBE.
On 6 May, voters went to the polls for the UK’s biggest ever set of local and national elections.
The final local government finance settlement for 2021/22, which was laid before Parliament in February, confirmed that councils will receive a share of £51.3 billion in funding (a 4.6 per cent increase in cash terms).