The LGA is a politically balanced organisation, with each of the political groups allocated places throughout the structure in proportion to the number of people their councillors represent.
Children need adults to advocate on their behalf. Remember - they don’t vote, and sadly often feature low on the list of MP’s postbag issues. Yet children have borne austerity’s brunt.
The Budget contained some welcome respite for local authorities, but children were not at its heart. It also ignored one of the biggest financial risks to many council and school balances – the ballooning demand for special educational needs and disability (SEND) and high needs funding.
We’ve had the speech from the Prime Minister - now let’s see the borrowing cap gone for good.
It’s the culmination of over a decade’s work by the LGA, campaigning for councils to be able to borrow in order to build more homes for their residents, uniting us across party lines. It was about time, and very welcome.