Councils, collectively known as local government, help shape the places in which we live and change lives for the better.
Local government supports people at some of the happiest moments of their lives and some of the hardest. Councils deliver more than 800 services to the people who live in their areas, helping keep our communities running for the benefit of everyone.
At the heart of every council’s relationship with its residents is a commitment to improving everyone’s wellbeing.
While many of us are able to live fulfilling lives without the need for support, others require help to remain independent, retain their dignity and enjoy a better quality of life.
That help may come from a range of sources including family, friends, neighbours, community and voluntary groups, and public services, like councils.
What matters most is that everyone is able to exercise their right to opportunity, independence and control.
There are lots of ways that we can do this.
We need to stop people becoming ill in the first place, which is what public health services seek to achieve. And we want to help people to stay as healthy and active as possible by having vibrant leisure and recreation amenities in their local areas.
We want to help people remain independent at home, so we need the right kind of housing and neighbourhoods.
We want to stop people feeling lonely but to do that we need reliable transport links, a diverse and resilient community and voluntary sector, and employment services that work for everyone.
We need to support people’s mental wellbeing and for that we need to build safe and inclusive communities.
Wellbeing goes well beyond local government. Local voluntary groups, care providers, and the local NHS all have a crucial role to play.
When you vote for your councillors, it means they are accountable to you for the decisions they make. This means that councils are perfectly placed to oversee a shared vision for wellbeing in their communities. But the full potential of local government’s contribution is struggling to be realised following years of pressures on their finances.