Queen’s Speech 21st June 2017 – LGiU statement
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU said: “For local government this is a Queen’s speech that hovers around the edges rather than directly confronting the big questions. There are no firm proposals on social care funding reform and no mention of devolution in England. There is no further detail on the road map towards 100% business rate retention. All of these issues are urgent and growing more urgent by the month.
“Local government thus finds itself dragged into the uncertainty that is afflicting parliament. Councils can and will continue to deliver the local services that people depend upon. But if local government is to plan effectively for the future, it desperately needs more clarity on the big issues than is promised by today’s Queen’s speech.”
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