More than 1,200 Independent and smaller party candidates stood in the General Election, undaunted by the cost and incredibly hard work that goes into running a campaign.
Local government was right at the front of the queue when the Government started to dole out austerity measures, with councils losing 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government gave to councils in 2010.
The General Election provides a great opportunity to elect a government that is capable of delivering a successful Brexit, has a good record on managing the economy and cares for its citizens’ welfare.
With less than two weeks left before we go to the polls (unless you have already voted by post), we must shout from the roof-tops that we need to fund local government and local services properly.
We’ve recently had the LGA Independent Group Conference, and Independent Group peers attended the LGA annual peer conference, where leadership, sector-led improvement and climate change were hot topics.
It was great to see so many Conservative councillors in Manchester for our party conference in October.
The lack of progress on sharing power to a local level has led most councillors to think that this government has forgotten what ‘devolution’ means.