Now that we have a new government in place, it is absolutely vital that we get on with delivering on the key issues and opportunities for our communities.
The LGA pushed hard and successfully for publication of the provisional 2020 local government finance settlement ahead of Parliament’s Christmas recess. It will be crucial in giving councils the certainty and time they need to plan how to provide the essential local services that our residents rely on for the next 12 months.
We must also work with the new administration and other parties nationally to find a long-term, sustainable solution for adult social care. This includes how it is paid for and what it should look like in the future, to help ensure we can continue to provide essential support services for our vulnerable and elderly residents.
The LGA has already built consensus across local government on this, and ministers committed to do the same in the Queen’s Speech.
Alongside this, we also urgently need reform of children’s social care; new investment in the support provided for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND); and to address the desperate need for extra homes of all tenures across the country
We agree with the Government that we need to get away from ‘Whitehall knows best’, and the Queen’s Speech took some steps towards handing powers and funding to local areas.
The LGA continues to make the case for investing in local government. Empowering councils by giving them more funding, flexibilities and freedoms will help them create more school places, build more homes, boost economic growth, improve our roads and equip people with the skills they need to succeed. This will make a huge difference to the lives of our residents while reducing demand for public services and saving money for the taxpayer. Councils are looking forward to working with the Prime Minster and his new government to help deliver on our shared ambitions, for the benefit of all those who live and work in our areas.