Councils leading with clarity

The latest government roadmap aims for more children to be back at school and more parents back at work by 1 June.

With the extension of outside exercise, some tourist areas are seeing an influx of visitors. Local councils have been quick to ask people not to visit and to remember that social distancing remains crucial.

“Councils remain at the forefront of supporting the economic, social and environmental recovery”

The LGA has worked with councils to get waste and recycling sites reopened by appointment and other services running successfully.

Although the messages from government have been a little confusing, councils are leading with clarity.

Councils remain at the forefront of supporting the economic, social and environmental recovery and improvement of our new futures. The LGA is working jointly with our government ministers on this and on ensuring we are properly funded and have the flexibilities we need to do the job now and in the future.

We are expecting to be reimbursed and are seeking full financial support to ensure we are able to lead the recovery, as we already are.

We would normally have had elections last month, but these have now been postponed until May 2021. It is time to strengthen our groups and work together to focus on what residents need.

We have a lot to do and it is vital that local democratic voices are at the heart of shaping the future: a future where communities, local economies and the environment are thriving.

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