After one of the hottest UK summers on record, the new political year is under way, along with a busy season of LGA Independent Group events, including regional activity and our annual conference on 23 November.
Our aim, as always, is to help members do a great job for your residents. We are listening to you and speaking for councils nationally, as well as getting more good people to stand for election.
The elections next May are very significant for us. It is important that each of our councillors has a supportive network in place. Some of your supporters may get engaged in local issues, or want to assist more directly by being a councillor in a neighbouring ward, adding strength to your work.
Through the LGA’s Be a Councillor campaign, we are able to help our members reach prospective candidates, encouraging those already active in their communities to stand. Do get in touch with the office for more information.
So as we prepare for elections next May, we also focus on the key policies at hand and being a strong voice for local government in discussions on Brexit, adult social care, housing and the ongoing funding pressures facing us all.
The year ahead will, undoubtedly, be another challenging one for local government, but our voice on behalf of our authorities is loud and being heard.