Last year, the Government finally accepted the LGA’s long-standing call to scrap the housing borrowing cap.
The hurried announcement of the Stronger Towns Fund was rightly recognised as a blatant attempt to buy the votes of Labour MPs representing the many forgotten parts of the UK that voted Leave.
While we await the timetable for the 2019 Spending Review, the LGA has already launched its campaign for more funding for councils.
I became Chair of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee in September 2017.
This month’s LGA Labour Local Government Conference saw Labour councillors from across England and Wales come together in Warwick.
The air quality crisis that is gripping our country, the fate of our struggling high streets and the major inequalities that many
of our communities suffer in health care, housing and job opportunities are just some of the things we discussed at our recent spring conference in York.
We soon enter purdah and then the planned group elections, so I wanted to thank you and wish you luck if you are standing locally in May.
Many first readers will have participated in events to mark International Women’s Day in March.