I am deeply honoured that you have put your trust in me, and I commit to doing my utmost to work on your behalf for the benefit of our residents, which at the end of the day is why we are all here. It is also an honour to be following in my predecessor’s rather large footsteps. Lord Porter – Gary to most of us – has been a giant of local government for 18 years, dedicating his last four to being Chairman of the LGA.
“There is more that unites us than divides us – we are far more potent when we work together to deliver for our local communities
His legacy speaks for itself. His work to ensure councils can build and provide safe homes is perhaps what will have the greatest impact on our communities. He has made a tremendous personal commitment to building safety so that a tragedy such as Grenfell can never happen again. And he campaigned long and hard for the abolition of the housing borrowing cap, so councils can now build homes again.
Gary has also been a champion of cross-party working. I truly believe that there is more that unites us than divides us, and that we are far more potent when we work together to deliver for our local communities.
It is a tumultuous time politically. The challenges facing councils are, frankly, unprecedented. Under my chairmanship, the LGA will continue to be here for all of you, supporting the brilliant work you do and working with you to prepare for the future by learning from each other, sharing best practice and – from time to time – challenging one another.
Because we all know that councils can and want to do more in the years ahead. Only councils have the local knowledge and expertise to understand the needs, the opportunities, and ambitions of their areas.
Only councils deliver results that build great communities.