Group bulletin: 03 April 2023

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Group bulletin

03 April 2023


Hello everyone,

The pre-election period has just started and the Independent Group Office will be leading on the weekly members’ bulletin until Thursday 4th May.

New starter

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Megan Kidd, who joins us as a Graduate Trainee from our National Graduate Development Programme. Megan will be helping and supporting the Independent Group Office and Members from next Monday and we wish her the very best of success in her new role!

Voter ID

As you know, from 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations. For a complete list of acceptable forms of ID, please visit the Electoral Commission website where you will find more information.

LGA Board Vacancies

With some Members either standing for re-election, standing down or completing their term of office as a Board Lead or Member, the Independent Group will be looking for expressions of interest (after the May elections) for vacancies that have been created on the following LGA Boards:

  • Children and Young People – Deputy Chair and Member
  • Community Wellbeing – Deputy Chair
  • City Regions – Deputy Chair
  • Improvement and Innovation Board – Deputy Chair
  • Resources – Deputy-Chair and Member

In addition, there are two vacancies available for District Council Members on the District Councils Network. For more information, please contact the Group Office.

LGA Leadership Academy and Leadership Essentials

The Local Government Association runs two excellent training and development programmes for Councillors looking to improve their knowledge and skills within specific portfolio areas and also for Councillors in leadership positions. If you serve on a council committee or are responsible for a specific portfolio then the Leadership Essentials course is for you. Alternatively, if you are in a leadership position, whether in leadership or opposition, within your local authority then the Leadership Academy can help you meet the day-to-day challenges and better serve the communities you serve. For further information, please contact the Group Office or the Programme Coordinator Grace Collins.

Next Generation 23/24

The Independent Group is now looking to host its next cohort of Councillors to participate in its Next Generation programme this autumn. The programme helps newly elected Councillors and established Councillors in three areas of training and development: personal leadership, political leadership as well as communication and media skills. To register your interest, please do contact the Group Office.

12 Local Government Digitalisation Outcomes

The LGA has recommended 12 key components as part of any council’s digitalisation process to meet the needs of residents, businesses, and local communities.

Residents’ Satisfaction Surveys

The LGA’s latest resident satisfaction survey has been released detailing levels of satisfaction around nine council services with other questions including perception of safety, trust in politicians and government as well as media coverage of councils. Do take a read!

Local Leadership Framework for Councillors

The LGA has produced a leadership framework guide aimed at building an appropriate skill set for the 21st Century Councillor. These skills serve the seven roles expected of a 21st Century Councillor which include: steward of place, advocate, buffer, sensemaker, catalyst, entrepreneur and orchestrator. Please do take a read of this guidance and promote it further within your own councils.

And finally…

We wish the very best of luck to Faith Orunkoya who will be leaving us at the end of this week. Faith temporarily stepped in to help the office with day-to-day administration and member support these past couple of months, and we would like to thank Faith for her help and wish her success and happiness for the future.


Have a good week!

LGA Independent Group Office