Clive Betts (Lab) is the MP for Sheffield South East and chair of the communities and local government committee
I cannot think of another time in my life when a single issue has so debilitated policymaking.
We need a long-term solution, but we must also see an adequate response to the challenges of the day
It wasn’t long ago that ministers and senior civil servants were dismissing any suggestion that some local authorities were heading for the financial rocks – let alone that the whole sector was approaching dangerous waters.
There could never have been any doubt that, post-referendum, Brexit was going to dominate the government and parliamentary agenda for years.
Clive Betts: CLG committee's four prioritiesSubscription
I am extremely pleased to have been re-elected by MPs as chair of the Commons communities and local government committee. To have gained the support of MPs of all parties is most gratifying.
Just two months ago, LGC published my article about the background to the adult social care crisis and the just-published report by the all-party Commons communities and local government committee.
Clive Betts: Care calamity is a heartbeat awaySubscription
The increasing number of elderly people requiring residential and nursing care was never a secret nor a surprise.
Local councils are facing a £5.8bn shortfall by 2020, including a £2.6bn shortfall in adult social care funding.
There is huge public positivity about the contribution of parks to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of communities
Fifty years ago this November, the BBC broadcast a TV play that a 1988 Radio Times’ readers’ poll voted the best single TV drama ever shown.