As local lockdowns continue to be put in place, including the whole of Wales, we have again asked the Government to ensure local leaders are at the forefront of decision-making – something ministers have agreed and need to uphold.
No area should be moving tiers or having extra measures put in place unless council leaders agree. Only working together can a clear and credible lockdown be achieved.
New money has been announced to support our COVID-19 efforts but it’s less than we need to do the job.
We have demonstrated repeatedly that #Councilscan deliver what’s needed to protect our communities and our members are doing a tremendous job as we deal with the second wave, along with impending winter pressures, resourcing our transition from the EU, possible planning changes, reorganisation and not forgetting our day-to-day business.
With so much going on, it is imperative that Independents work together in support of each other, our residents and councils. We do not have a whip that forces us together, but our common approach brings dividends whenever we combine forces.
“Our common approach brings dividends whenever we combine forces”
I’m therefore looking forward to celebrating our members at our annual conference on 6 November. Do please join us for our virtual AGM, from 10am to 12.30pm, and our social event at 6pm.
It will be a unique opportunity to hear from our council leaders, Professor Colin Copus, the LGA’s chairman and chief executive – on Independent leadership over the past 18 months and priorities for the future.