Borrowing to Build

I have spent most of my time in local government, and in my 15 years in various roles at the LGA, campaigning for the housing borrowing cap to be scrapped. So to be in the hall at theConservative Party Conference to hear that this is finally happening was fantastic.

We now need to get on with building those good-quality, affordable new homes and infrastructure that everyone in our communities needs, and are looking forward to working with you and the Government to deliver them.

But scrapping the cap was not the only win we secured for the sector over the party conference season.

“Across all the conferences, our politicians worked hard to raise the voice of local government in high profile debates, discussions and meetings.

The Government also announced £240 million in additional investment for adult social care, a long-awaited ban on combustible cladding and insulation systems, new funding to tackle serious violence, and reforms to the apprenticeship levy.

At the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton, Sir Vince Cable and his team focused on the need to address the funding and demand-led pressures facing councils. At Labour’s Conference in Brighton, Labour’s front bench pledged new powers to councils, including over school admissions and the building of new schools.

Our councillors also worked to ensure our voices were heard at the UKIP, Green Party and Plaid Cymru conferences.

Across all the conferences, our politicians worked hard to raise the voice of local government in high profile debates, discussions and meetings. There has been widespread praise from all the parties for the dedication of councillors, and support for councils having the powers to deliver for our communities.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the work of our LGA member councils and the LGA staff who supported our councillors at the conferences, and I want to thank you all.

As the national voice of local government, we will continue to shout loud and clear about councils’ priorities on behalf of residents, in the run-up to this month’s Budget and beyond.

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