LGA Conservative Group bulletin – 30 July 2021

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LGA Conservative Group bulletin

30 July 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.

As I write this newsletter, I am in the process of reviewing and finalising the appointments for the LGA policy boards. This year the process for nomination to the boards was by completing an online form and we have received many applications. Those appointed will receive a confirmation email from the Group office in August, and I would like to thank everyone who took time to complete our online form.

The appointments will take effect from 1st September 2021 and will run until July 2022. Like every year, the LGA will be holding a briefing session for all members appointed to LGA positions, and further details will be sent out prior to the event.

On a different issue, this year’s Conservative Party Conference is taking place between the 3rd to 6th October in hybrid format in Manchester. Registration is now open, and you can benefit from the early bird in-person attendance rates if you book your place before 2nd August. You can find out more details on the Conference website.

The LGA Conservative Group Office will have a presence at the Conference as usual, and we will share further information with you closer to the time.

Following the success of our series of webinars during the pandemic, we are planning to arrange further ones in the Autumn, including on the Planning White Paper. 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 busy period for all of us, I hope that you will have the opportunity to enjoy some time off with your family and friends in August.   

We will not be sending bulletins next month, but normal service will resume from September.  

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, OBE
Group Leader, LGA Conservative Group

Councillor Izzi Seccombe


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LGA Conservative Group Annual Report and Review - 2020/2021

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Pavement licences

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Autism Strategy

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched its Autism Strategy to help autistic people live independent and fulfilled lives. Backed by nearly £75 million in the first year, it aims to speed up diagnosis and improve support and care.

NHS COVID pass  

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has laid out plans for a UK-wide NHS Covid pass. Available via the NHS App (not the NHS COVID-19 App), the NHS website, or by asking for a written document, it will enable people to demonstrate their COVID-19 status, including proof of vaccination status, test results, or natural immunity.

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 demonstrate how Conservative councils and councillors are supporting their communities.

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.