Budget setting in a challenging year

Last year was incredibly productive for our members. We held 30 regional meetings, ‘Be a Councillor’ events, development seminars and a very successful conference, engaging hundreds of members across England and Wales. Thank you.

“We are still £3.1 billion short and longer-term solutions for care, health and devolution have been delayed”

Our members have set budgets for a very challenging 2019/20, and readying for a no-deal Brexit, just in case. The Government gave one-o emergency support in the 2018 Budget but little extra in the provisional local government nance settlement.

We are still £3.1 billion short in 2019/20 and longer-term solutions for care, health and devolution have been delayed.

Our members have been working solidly on a waste strategy, published just before Christmas. Our plans to reduce waste and our carbon footprint and to improve recycling are vital. In Europe, I represented the LGA in discussions leading to an Environmental Action Plan for Europe, as well as influencing mayors in the United States and parts of Africa, sharing our expertise with thousands of other councils.

Most of our members are up for election this May. Serving as a councillor is a great way to use our skills to improve life in our communities and it is critical to find good people for the job. The Independent Group office, elected peers and executive are ready to help you.

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