“Councils look forward to working with the new government to help deliver on the key issues and opportunities which lie ahead and on our shared ambitions for our communities."
Responding to the result of the General Election, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:
“Councils look forward to working with the new government to help deliver on the key issues and opportunities which lie ahead and on our shared ambitions for our communities.
“One of its first priorities must be to publish the provisional 2020 Local Government Finance Settlement as soon as possible and no later than Parliament rising for the Christmas recess. This is absolutely vital to give councils the certainty and time they need to plan how to provide the vital local services our communities rely on next year.
“Work to find cross-party consensus over a long-term, sustainable funding solution for adult social care must now begin at pace and without delay, alongside reform of children’s social care, and the Queen’s Speech needs to reignite the process of handing widespread powers and funding to local areas so all parts of England can improve services such as housing, transport, and health and social care.
“The Government has said we need to get away from ‘Whitehall knows best’. We agree. Empowering councils will make a huge difference to the lives of their residents and the communities where they live by creating more school spaces, building more homes, boosting economic growth, improving our roads and equipping people with the skills they need to succeed.”