The Independent Group represents councillors in England and Wales who are Independent or of a political affiliation outside of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat. It provides a voice at the national level and works within the cross-party Local Government Association (LGA) to ensure that the values and interests of its members are promoted. Our annual conference took place on 23 November 2018.
This week the NHS finally published its long term plan. We called for a stronger focus on prevention, early support and reducing health inequalities. We called for investment in primary, community and mental health services. We called for a focus on giving children the best start and on caring for older people in their own homes. All this is in the new plan, designed to complement social care and wider services provided through councils and others. But the confusion around who commissions public health is unhelpful and it falls short without the long term plan for adult social care. Read more