The once faithful party whip lies in tatters. The Conservatives called the EU referendum, called a General Election, lost their majority, and brought back from Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator, a Brexit deal so damaging that members won’t vote for it.
It is Children’s Mental Health Week from the 4-10 February. So it is timely that a recent report from a committee of MPs has found that only a third of children and young people with mental health conditions receive the treatment they need from the NHS.
As a councillor, it is frustrating to see situations where bureaucracy or perverse financial incentives get in the way of doing the right thing.
I had the great pleasure of speaking at the LGA’s annual finance conference in January – alongside two Cabinet ministers, a shadow secretary of state and two senior civil servants, as well as colleagues from across local government.
Last year was a good one for social housing. That’s not something that’s been said much in recent times.
When it comes to appointments to outside bodies, sitting on your local internal drainage board doesn’t sound like the most dynamic position for a councillor keen to make a difference to their local community.