Over the past year, we have seen groups deliver strong engagement and campaign strategies; supported members to host Be a Councillor events; encouraged candidates with disabilities to apply for the EnAble fund; and helped colleagues share resources to better strengthen Independent, Green and smaller party candidates across the country. The hard work paid off.
“Our members are…well prepared and ready to challenge any administration that puts politics before the public
Since last year, we’ve gained more than 600 new members and lead a growing number of councils, including Ashfield, Uttlesford, East Devon, Middlesbrough, Epsom & Ewell and North Somerset. Some are solely led by Independents, others are joint administrations, based on a shared commitment to improve local services.
In other councils, our members are now the formal opposition, well prepared and ready to challenge any administration that puts politics before the public.
The electorate has clearly lost confidence in the big parties and trust our members to deliver the positive change our communities deserve. But success on the scale we saw in May isn’t simply a response to national politics, it’s the result of hard work and commitment by members, their family, friends and supporters.
Our success means we now have more than 2,700 members. Through the group office you can access development programmes and advice as well as ways to inform national and international policy. We also have a dedicated and experienced team of member peers, able to support you as you take up new roles or approach new challenges in your council.
Please do get in touch, visit our website (www.local.gov.uk/lga-independent) for the resources we have on offer, including the LGA’s guides for new councillors, for councils in no overall control, and for cabinet leads.
For new and existing councillors, this is an exciting time for Independents – let’s make the most of it.