It’s been two years since the last new devolution deal was agreed in England – so the promise, in the Queen’s Speech, of a White Paper on the subject is encouraging.
The Chancellor’s Spending Round has provided councils with much of the certainty they need about how they will be funded next year – as well as £3.5 billion for our vital local services.
With his premiership now well under way, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has some huge challenges ahead of him, not least Brexit.
It is a great honour to be the new Chairman of the LGA, and I enjoyed meeting many of you at our annual conference in Bournemouth in early July.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Bournemouth from 2-4 July, at the LGA’s annual conference.
This time last year, I was writing about the appointment of James Brokenshire as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, and his plans to consult on banning combustible materials on high-rise buildings.
It is a huge privilege and honour to be elected by our residents to represent them on their local councils, and to try to make a difference to them and the areas in which we live.