As the summer comes to an end and autumn approaches, I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy some time off after what has been a very busy six months for us all.
The LGA’s virtual annual conference, spread over two weeks in July, featured webinars with prominent speakers from local and central government, including Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP and Local Government Minister Simon Clarke MP.
At the beginning of the lockdown, Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the Government would support jobs, incomes, businesses and do whatever it took to get people and the …
The coronavirus pandemic – the most challenging health crisis for many decades – is having a profound impact on the mental health of the communities that we represent.
At the time of writing, we are entering the fifth week of the coronavirus lockdown, with the Government having just extended it for at least three more weeks.
I am sure that first readers will join me in saying a big ‘thank you’ to our amazing local government teams, social workers, public health and NHS staff, who are working so hard to treat those suffering from coronavirus.
The final local government funding settlement for 2020/21, laid before Parliament in February, confirmed that councils will receive a share of £49.2 billion in funding (a 4.4 per cent real terms increase).
“The election of so many new MPs who were councillors provides a unique opportunity to build relationships”
This campaign confirmed what we have always known: that Conservative councillors are the backbone of the voluntary party.