The LGA has long called for greater devolution to councils, for local leaders to have the powers and resources they need to better deliver locally determined and democratically accountable outcomes.
As we look ahead to the coming weeks, the Government’s phased approach to exiting lockdown means we can slowly begin to reset and re-build our lives, communities and economies, with many businesses and primary schools set to re-open from 1 June.
More than two and a half years after 72 people lost their lives, the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has started its second phase, looking at how the building came to be covered in flammable cladding during its refurbishment.
Now that we have a new government in place, it is absolutely vital that we get on with delivering on the key issues and opportunities for our communities
It has been heart-breaking to see people forced out of their homes by the extensive flooding across Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
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.