I hope that first readers were able to enjoy a well-earned break from council duties over the summer and spend some time with friends and family.
Like everyone, I have been horrified at the scenes from Afghanistan in recent weeks and months.
Passing a motion and declaring a climate emergency is one thing; doing something practical that makes a difference to the communities we serve is something else.
It has been a summer break we needed, but in the shadow of dreadful disasters in Haiti and Greece, and terror and sadness in Afghanistan.
Rampant wildfires in America; hundreds killed by extreme floods in Germany and China; and here, in the UK, the Met Office issued its first ever extreme heat warning.
It was great to see so many Conservative councillors attending this year’s LGA annual conference, albeit once again virtually.
I would like to say a big thank you to all of you who joined me at the LGA’s virtual annual conference.
I am humbled and thrilled to be continuing as the LGA’s Independent Group Leader for two years – huge thanks for your support.
I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Ian Hudspeth, the former Leader of Oxfordshire County Council and lately Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, who was recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours list by being made an OBE.
Adult social care has been pushed to the bottom of the agenda for too long and the consequences are clearer than ever before.