LGA Conservative Group bulletin – July 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

local government association - conservative group

LGA Conservative Group bulletin

July 2020


Dear colleague,

Over the past month, we have held webinars for Conservative members covering Devolution, the Green Recovery and the Future of Care Homes.

These webinars focused on some of the most important issues for Conservative councillors, with those attending having the opportunity to question a Government Minister and leading experts in the areas of environmental policy and social care.

On 21st July, I welcomed Local Government minister, Simon Clarke MP, to our English Devolution webinar. Simon expressed his gratitude for your work during this pandemic and went on to speak about the Devolution White Paper which will be published in Autumn.

On 27th July, the Green Recovery Post Covid-19 webinar was chaired by Cllr David Renard with Megan Trethewey from the Conservative Environment Network. Megan highlighted some of the positive impacts of the lockdown on the environment, including cleaner air and a great appreciation of nature and open spaces. She also emphasised how councils can respond positively to both the political and practical challenges posed by climate change

On 28th July, I was pleased to welcome David Pearson CBE, Chair of the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Task Force, as the speaker at our webinar on the Future of Care Homes. David covered a great deal of ground, ranging from the impact of Covid-19 to the long-term future of social care, and answered a variety of questions from the attendees.

We are planning to hold further sessions in September, including on the ‘Future of High Streets’ and ‘Housing’. More information will be provided in due course but if there are any issues or areas that you would like us to cover please do email us.

After such a stressful period for all of us, I hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy some time off in August.  

Please note we will not be sending out any weekly bulletins next month, but normal service will resume with a weekly email from the beginning of September.

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


For all the latest news from the LGA Conservative Group please follow us on Twitter at @LGACons

Covid-19 updates from the LGA and the LGA Conservative Group

The LGA aims to provide 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 here.

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

Children's social care

The Government has published its consultation on changes to the Adoption and Children Regulations 2020 that were introduced to provide local authorities and children’s social care providers with temporary flexibilities during Coronavirus. The consultation closes on 5 August 2020.

Early years

The DfE has updated its guidance on the use of free early education entitlements funding during COVID-19.

LGA Webinars

Over the next few weeks the LGA is holding a series of webinars on topical subjects, including on the LGA draft Model Member Code of Conduct. Please visit the LGA website for more information.

Test, trace and local outbreak management

The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced that enhanced level data will be provided to directors of public health to help locate and prevent potential future outbreaks.

Conservative Regional Lead Peers

The LGA Conservative Group’s 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

LGA 'first' magazine

LGA First logo

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

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

Visit the first website