LGA Conservative Group bulletin – 4 June 2021

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LGA Conservative Group bulletin

4 June 2021


Dear colleague,

Welcome to the LGA Conservative Group’s newsletter, in which we highlight the latest information associated with COVID-19 and other topical issues.

This week, it was good to hear the Government’s announcement of £1.4 billion investment to boost education recovery to help young people make up for lost learning following months of school closure over the past year. This extra funding builds on the £1.7 billion the Government has already provided in catch-up support, including summer schools and mental health support.

Following my previous newsletter about the LGA Annual Conference, I am pleased to inform you that the LGA’s Board has decided to make this year’s virtual Conference free to LGA’s member councils to allow more councillors and senior officers attend the sessions.

As such, I strongly encourage you to book your free place as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. Please also share this good news with your colleagues and invite them to join as well. View the programme for the whole conference.

On a similar topic, I would also like to bring to your attention to the Post-Election Group Leaders' Day which will take on 18th June (10:30am – 3:00pm). This online event which has been organised by the CCA and the LGA Conservative Group provides an opportunity for Leaders to engage with colleagues post-elections and discuss the steps going forward.

Ministers and members of CCHQ's professional staff are amongst the speakers and all Group Leaders, regardless of whether they have had elections or not, are welcome to attend.

If you would like to register or need further information, please email cca@conservatives.com.

Finally, please note that nominations for the LGA Conservative Group Executive elections are now open and the relevant information and forms have been sent to our Conservative leaders. The nominations will be closed by 12.00pm on Tuesday 15 June and results will be officially announced at the Conservative Group’s AGM prior to the virtual LGA General Assembly on Tuesday 6 July 2021.

If you have any questions or have not received the forms please feel free to contact us.

As always, if there is anything I or our regional lead peers can do to assist, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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

Best wishes,

Councillor Izzi Seccombe signature

Cllr Izzi Seccombe
Group Leader, LGA Conservative Group

Councillor Izzi Seccombe


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UK City of Culture 

The formal application process for the 2025 UK City of Culture competition is now open. Those bidding will also be asked to demonstrate how investment in culture and creativity will drive growth, how they will open access to culture and to develop partnerships and celebrate links with places across the UK.

To find out more information and details on how to apply, please see the criteria for UK City of Culture 2025.

LGA national events: welcome to newly elected councillors

Following the recent elections, the LGA are pleased to invite all newly elected councillors to attend one of our virtual national welcome events, hosted via zoom.  This will be a great opportunity for new councillors to explore what their role means; learn about challenges facing councils; and meet colleagues from other councils. 

The virtual events are free of charge and will run for 90 mins on 11 June (2.00pm), 22 June (10.00am) and 28 June (5:30pm) and delegates can choose to attend one of these sessions to suit their availability. 

The sessions will be hosted by the LGA and will complement council’s own induction programmes. Delegates can register via the LGA’s Events page.

Virtual and hybrid meetings

The Ministry for Housing, Community and Local Government’s call for evidence on Virtual and hybrid meetings closes on 17 June. To support council’s ability to continue to run virtual and hybrid council meetings we would encourage you to respond to the call for evidence and provide as much information as possible.

Summer events 

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published a report into the future of the UK’s summer events, including music festivals.

Induction session - 29 June 2021

This leadership development session is aimed at those new to:

  • Health and Wellbeing Board Chair/Co/Vice Chair, CCG Chair or any other leading political or clinical role relating to:
    • public health
    • health and wellbeing
    • health inequalities
    • portfolio-holder/lead member with responsibility for adult social care.

This session will brief you on the current policy issues, look at the challenges and opportunities for high profile leadership roles, and relate these to your local context. For further information and to make a booking please contact: CHIP@local.gov.uk

Leadership Essentials: sport and physical activity

Sport England and the Local Government Association are delighted to announce the return of the successful Leadership Essentials programme for members with responsibility for, or interest in, physical activity.

This will be an important opportunity for new portfolio holders, and if members attended the residential programme a few years ago the content has been refreshed in light of the current context and challenges.

The programme is comprised of six online sessions.  Participants will need to attend all six sessions as the programme is iterative and designed as a journey shared as a group for its totality. 

Find out more about the Leadership Essentials sport and physical activity programme.

Best practice

We are looking for examples of best practice from Conservative-run councils on a range of activities, including local test and trace schemes, supporting local businesses and high streets, as well helping local communities at a neighbourhood level.

The examples highlighted are obviously not exclusive and please do email us any best practice examples that you feel demonstrates how Conservative councils and councillors are supporting their communities during the latest phase of the pandemic.

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
  • Councillor Paul Middlebrough - Regional Lead Peer for the South West, Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Councillor William Nunn - Regional Lead Peer for the East of England
  • Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE - Regional Lead Peer for London
  • Councillor Glen Sanderson JP - Regional Lead Peer for the East Midlands, North East and Yorkshire & Humber
  • Councillor Mike Wilcox - Regional Lead Peer for the West Midlands and North West.