Westminster calling

Today I’m in Westminster at the Local Government Association (LGA).

It’s my induction into the Executive of the Local Government Group.

I will represent not only Staffordshire, but the West Midlands region on the Executive in my capacity of Chairman of West Midlands Councils.

The LGA represents 422 councils from across England and Wales, and speaks on behalf of local government to central Government. I will sit on the Economy and Transport Board, and as you can probably tell from previous blog entries this is one of my great passions.

The board is responsible for developing strategic policy on transport, economic development, business support, regeneration and job creation and skills. Local government must be a key player in bringing the economy out of the recession so this is exciting work.

We are carrying out excellent work on modernising the way councils do business in Staffordshire and the LGA is the best place to share this, and pick up on the best ideas coming from other local authorities. It is also a very convenient place to push the case for the regions to ministers and secretaries of state.

This will not mean I’ll be neglecting Staffordshire. My regular commitment will be to be down in Westminster for a day a month, and I’ll be acting as an ambassador for our county.

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