England & Wales Communities and society

CAMRA and LGiU reception

On a fine evening in Birmingham earlier this week, LGiU and CAMRA hosted a reception as a fringe event of the LGA conference. We can’t confirm whether the main draw was the football or the chance to chat about local government and digest the content from the conference with a pint of real ale in hand, but the Brasshouse pub was packed and the conversation flowing – until kick off at least.

We heard briefly from our Chair Michael Payne about the role the LGiU plays in working for and with local authorities helping them to serve their citizens more effectively, and our core belief that services work best when they are designed and delivered locally. We then heard from CAMRA about the three Ps – the pints, the pubs and the people that they work to support.

It was great to be partnering with CAMRA again, an organisation with localism at its heart, recognising the pivotal role well-run pubs play in our communities – which, even as national spirit peaked with the England team’s success, was clear to see at the Brasshouse. We’ve been working with CAMRA for a few years now focusing on how local government can be a force for pub protection and advocating for local powers to protect these, and other, community assets.

We managed to get all the speeches over with by the time the players were on the pitch and then it was over to the England team to deliver the entertainment for the rest of the night – and that they did.