Editor's picks

Karen Thornton, Editor of first, selects her highlights from the latest edition of the LGA's monthly membership magazine.

It’s been a busy time since the last edition of first.

There have been some important developments – on building regulations, combustible cladding and funding for replacing it, following the Grenfell Tower fire; on fixed-odds betting terminals; and on planning and shale exploration.

We also have a new Secretary of State and, of course, I’m delighted to welcome many of you as newly-elected councillors following the local elections in May. The LGA can offer you a lot of help and support as you settle into your new roles, and a good starting point is the LGA’s Councillors’ Guide 2018/19.

This edition of first includes elections analysis from our resident poll pundits Professors Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, and there is advice on leadership from one of our longest-serving council leaders.

We also have an introduction to a series of think pieces we are producing on adult social care, in the run-up to the Government’s much anticipated Green Paper on the subject. And the Welsh LGA reports on rising pressures on adult social care services in Wales.

Finally, a year on from their election, we hear from the six established combined authority mayors about the benefits of devolution.