Latest Public Sector News

27.04.17

Local polls must not be forgotten in ‘fog’ of general election

The UK’s leading political parties have today been reminded to not forget about the local elections with a week to go before voters go to the polls to choose who represents their interests at council level.

Today, the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) alongside the County Councils Network (CCN) have told politicians to mobilise rapidly and campaign on local issues in council areas across England, Scotland and Wales before the vote takes place on 4 May, only a month before the snap general election recently called by prime minister Theresa May.

The two organisations have also launched a campaign called Out for the Count, which aims to promote the importance of county elections and local services that are provided in these authorities.

It will also provide live results coverage and analysis with insights into what’s happening in local authorities and the implication the vote will have on the country as a whole.

On top of that, the 4 May elections this year mark an important moment as six areas, Greater Manchester, Tees Valley, Cambridge and Peterborough, Liverpool City-Region, West of England and the West Midlands vote for their first combined authority mayors.

Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive at the LGiU, said: “Political parties form a large majority of council groups across the country. As such many will be in full battle mode for the general election in June. However, they also need to remember that local electorates in our county areas and in the combined authorities are voting on local issues and local records.

“These records should not be forgotten in the fog of a general election campaign which is about placing bums on green benches in the House of Commons.”

Carr-West also stated that this vote was about real, community democracy in which local political parties produce clear and innovative solutions for their communities.

And Simon Edwards, director of the CCN, added that county authorities were responsible for £30bn a funding for essential public services – including adult social care and children’s services as well as roads, schools and investment in vital local infrastructure.

“Our historic counties are not only important but part of our national identity: that’s why it is essential that the 25 million people who live in counties go out and cast their vote in May,” he said.

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic changes b more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Aut... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help t... more >

interviews

Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former hea... more >

most read

Shared Services and Outsourcing Week

the raven's daily blog

A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regio... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It is, therefore, quite appropriate that in this edition of PSE Professor Chris Painter reflects on the profound changes that have taken place in the... read more >