The Chancellor’s Spending Round has provided councils with much of the certainty they need about how they will be funded next year – as well as £3.5 billion for our vital local services.
With his premiership now well under way, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has some huge challenges ahead of him, not least Brexit.
The new Prime Minister needs to give councils the powers and funding they need and trust them to deliver
It is a great honour to be the new Chairman of the LGA, and I enjoyed meeting many of you at our annual conference in Bournemouth in early July.
We have lost many good councillors in what was a disappointing election, where the major issue was Brexit and the impasse in Parliament.
There is no doubt that the Government’s consultations on business rates retention and fair funding, alongside the impending Spending Review, present much-needed opportunities to review and reform local government funding.
As a councillor, it is frustrating to see situations where bureaucracy or perverse financial incentives get in the way of doing the right thing.
“I am delighted that the Government decided not to increase the New Homes Bonus threshold as this is a significant funding source”
One of my main priorities when I became the LGA Conservative Group Leader was to work with the Government and colleagues to address the funding pressures that we all face.