The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult for us all. The social isolation and uncertainty has left many people expressing concerns over their mental health, such as increased anxiety, depression and loneliness.
The final local government finance settlement for 2021/22, which was laid before Parliament in February, confirmed that councils will receive a share of £51.3 billion in funding (a 4.6 per cent increase in cash terms).
Have we ever owed a bigger debt of thanks to the NHS than we do today?
The intervention of Constitution and Devolution Minister Chloe Smith in January, about the local elections and the issues of campaigning and delivering of leaflets, was a major concern to me and one that made no sense at all.
Friends, this is my last column ahead of the local elections and our group elections that follow.