Meeting with Rt. Hon Nick Clegg – Deputy Prime Minister

 I have held a meeting this afternoon (20th December) with the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Rt Hon Nick Clegg, on behalf of all Liberal Democrat Councillors.

There was a significant agreement between us on:

  • The short term problems being faced by local government in delivering the Financial Settlement
  • The need for the Government to accurately describe those problems
  • The need to move swiftly to a major overhaul of the local government finance system
  • The need to pull together the various strands of localism running throughout government into a coherent body of policy and actions

We have agreed a series of actions both between ourselves and our advisers which will take place between Christmas and early spring on all four fronts.

I welcome the personal interest the Leader takes in local government matters both in holding this meeting and agreeing the series of actions. I look forward to working with Mr Clegg in the run up to next year’s local elections.


About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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