LGiU Statement – State of the Locals at 1pm
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said:
“These are local elections but no one is talking about local government. There’s already an established narrative surrounding these results that is missing a massive piece of the puzzle by viewing it purely through the lens of Brexit.
Brexit is as much a symptom as a cause. It cannot be separated from the the profound crisis affecting housing, care and local economies. Local government has been bled dry. Across the country, councils have been systematically undermined for a decade and this morning many hard working councillors will have lost their seats as a direct result of parliamentary gridlock. When we talk about Brexit what we don’t talk about is the urgent and essential task of transforming local public services and reinvigorating local democracy and civic life.”