LGA Conservative Group bulletin – 30 June 2020

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LGA Conservative Group bulletin

30 June 2020


Dear Colleague,

Next week, many of us were due to meet in Harrogate for the LGA’s Annual Conference.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to do so for obvious reasons but the LGA has organised a ‘virtual conference’ over the next fortnight with lots of interesting webinars.

I am delighted that both our Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, and the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Simon Clarke, will be speaking on the 2nd (2.00pm to 3.05pm) and 3rd July (10.30am to 11.30am) respectively.

These Ministerial addresses and the other webinars will provide an ideal opportunity for us to discuss how local areas can support the country’s economic, cultural and environmental regeneration and recovery during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

To register your attendance, and for further information, please visit the LGA website.

As always, if there is anything I or our regional lead peers can do to assist you, please do contact us.

You can find more details about our regional peers at the bottom of this newsletter.

Best wishes,

Councillor Izzi Seccombe signature

Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE
Leader, LGA Conservative Group

Councillor Izzi Seccombe


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Covid-19 updates from the LGA

The LGA aims to provide our members with all the up-to-date information that they need in relation to Covid-19. You can find official Government information and LGA guidance on the LGA website.

If you are a regular social media user, please follow us @LGACons and the LGA corporately @LGAComms and @LGANews for the most regular news and updates.

Finally, contact us at lgaconservatives@local.gov.uk if there are any issues you wish to raise.


The Government has announced £105 million to support rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness into tenancies of their own. A further £16 million is also being made available to provide specialist support for substance misuse.

Remote meetings

The LGA has launched an interactive mapping tool to help councils explore the various video conferencing software and arrangements that are being used across England.

Personal protective equipment

The guidance on the PPE portal has been updated to reflect the fact that GPs and smaller social care providers can now place multiple PPE orders each week (within certain limits).


The Government has announced a series of measures to help the construction industry boost building.

Local government finances

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published its weekly update on the amount of funding distributed through the Small Business Grants Fund scheme and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund by individual councils.

Code of Conduct Consultation

The LGA is reviewing the current model member code of conduct, as recommended by the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s report into Local Government Ethical Standards.

To make sure the code is fit-for-purpose, we would value your input and thoughts during the consultation process, which will run until Monday 17 August.

For further information and to complete the survey please visit the LGA website.

Conservative Regional Lead Peers

The regional lead peers and the areas they cover are as follows:

Lord Porter of Spalding CBE - National Lead Peer & Regional Lead Peer for the South East

Cllr Paul Middlebrough - Regional Lead Peer for the South West, Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Cllr William Nunn - Regional Lead Peer for the East of England

Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE - Regional Lead Peer for London

Cllr Glen Sanderson JP - Regional Lead Peer for the East Midlands, North East and Yorkshire & Humber

Cllr Mike Wilcox - Regional Lead Peer for the West Midlands and North West

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LGA ‘first’ Magazine

‘first’ is the LGA’s membership magazine and is received as a hard copy by over 18,000 councillors and 400 Chief Executives.

In response to feedback, it has been made easier to read online through the creation of a dedicated website where you can read all the articles, interviews and opinion pieces.