The general election is over and we now await a Queen’s speech outlining a programme of government. If austerity is over we need to see a visible demonstration of this. There now needs to be a budget that invests in local government to undo the damage of the last ten years. The public expect to see a reversal of the deterioration of local neighbourhoods, town centres and public realm. They will also expect a Government with a large majority to get on and deal with major public policy crises around social care, the provision of affordable housing and combatting climate change. Whilst Brexit will continue to dominate the parliamentary timetable, the public now expect long overdue action on domestic matters affecting everyday life.