Making the case for better funding

We made the case effectively for better funding, especially for adult and children’s care. The recent Budget allocated £230 million, and some of the NHS’s £20.5 billion birthday present was earmarked for children’s mental health.

We worked hard on the LGA’s green paper, offering options for the long-term funding of adult care. This lays the foundation for the Government to resolve the issue for good.

We welcome the lifting of the housing borrowing cap, but continue to push for Right to Buy to be devolved”

We work cross-party at the LGA to offer solutions on the impact of Brexit on local government and our efforts continue to ensure councils are prepared. Our vice-presidents have been greatly supportive, especially on funding, care, and housing matched with the required facilities and services.

We welcome the lifting of the borrowing cap on councils that wish to build houses, but continue to push for Right to Buy to be devolved to council choice. Knowing how damaging gambling addiction can be in our communities, we have also championed the reduction of stakes on fixed odds betting terminals, with success.

The LGA Independent Group’s annual conference in November was exciting and vibrant, as always (see next month’s first).

Best wishes for the festive season and we look forward to many future successful events in the new year.

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