To all of our new and returning members, congratulations on your (re)election. The May elections proved the most successful on record for our group, with Independents and Greens fielding more candidates and gaining more seats than ever before.
We have lost many good councillors in what was a disappointing election, where the major issue was Brexit and the impasse in Parliament.
It was perhaps inevitable that the Brexit leviathan would drown out any attempts by major parties to make announcements on issues such as local transport or social care during the local elections.
The ballot boxes have well and truly been packed up, and the local elections are over for another year. It was a great set of elections for us, with an increase of more than 700 councillors – that’s 2,500 now, across the country.
The local election campaign is well under way – a busy time for us all!
We are approaching the biggest set of local elections in the four-year cycle, with almost 8,400 seats across 248 councils up for election on 2 May.
By 2021, almost one in four households in Britain will be renting privately, as soaring house prices and stagnant wages put home ownership out of the reach of growing numbers …
At a time when councils are making hard financial decisions, such things as libraries, parks and cultural initiatives can be perceived as luxuries.
The hurried announcement of the Stronger Towns Fund was rightly recognised as a blatant attempt to buy the votes of Labour MPs representing the many forgotten parts of the UK that voted Leave.
I became Chair of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee in September 2017.