General Election: Uncertainty 'must not spell paralysis' on local government issues

UNCERTAINTY following the general election must not translate into "paralysis" over key issues affecting local government, such as housing, social care and funding for public services, the head of a think tank has said.

With Britain returning a hung parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May faces relying on support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party in order to form a government. Labour, however, have called for May to step down after she lost her overall majority in the Commons.

Some dramatic results have added to the uncertain picture, with housing minister Gavin Barwell, children's minister Ed Timpson and David Mowat, lead minister for social care at the Department of Heath, all out of parliament altogether after losing their seats.

Adam Lent, director of the New Local Government Network, said regardless of who forms the new government, there are big challenges facing the country - and hence local government - and policy cannot be left in limbo.

"It is vital that political uncertainty is not allowed to translate into paralysis on fundamental concerns such as social care, housing and public service funding," he said.

"There is a great obligation on Westminster politicians to now find a workable way forward and not let policy drift."