Public services can be delivered faster, better and more efficiently at a local level. The Government will only be able to tackle challenges and achieve the ambitions of its electorate if it resets the relationship between national and local government. This means trusting that communities, through their local councils, are best placed to take decisions on how frontline services are delivered. To deliver priorities for the public the next government needs to #MakeItLocal.
The future financial sustainability of councils is on a cliff-edge. Without Government action, they will have no choice but to significantly cut the local services our communities – and economy – rely on.
Anyone, regardless of their background or political affiliation, should feel safe to become a councillor and be proud to represent their community. But the increasing level of abuse and intimidation aimed at local politicians is undermining local democracy and putting councillors at risk. Our new campaign is working to challenge the toxicity of public debate and pushing for change.
Everyone should be able to live the life they want to lead; to connect to the things that make them feel alive and valued. When social care is working well, it supports people to achieve this, whatever their circumstances. This is the future of adult social care we are calling for.
The Government’s adult social care reform plans present that opportunity, but funding is needed to reflect their level of ambition. We are working to ensure that councils’ voices are reflected in their plans so people are supported to live their best life.
Increasing the pool of talent from which councillors are elected is a key task for local government. We need different kinds of people willing to stand for election so that parties get a choice of quality candidates.
The UK’s telephone network is changing. Between now and 2025 most telephone providers will be moving their customers from old analogue landlines over to new upgraded landline services using digital technology. The new network will provide a future proof, more reliable and dependable broadband service that will support the UK for decades to come.
This means services that rely on the old landline system such as home phones and healthcare devices will be switched over. We’ve launched a toolkit for councils and partners to use to raise awareness of the digital switchover for their residents and communities. Most services and providers should be checking in with their clients ahead of the switchover, but we want to support councils to make sure they can reach residents too.