• Sector presses for further action on cladding

    21 January 2020

    Building safety reforms billed as the ‘biggest change for a generation’ do not go far enough to clamp down on potentially dangerous cladding, councils argued this week.

  • Better reform for better lives

    21 January 2020

    Social care is being addressed as a priority in Number 10. President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Julie Ogley talks to Ann McGauran about what she hopes will emerge.

  • Enforcement looms over Grenfell-style cladding towers

    17 January 2020

    Plans are yet to be put forward to remove potentially dangerous Grenfell-style cladding on dozens of tower blocks.

  • Councils losing £250m a year through business rates avoidance

    17 January 2020

    Councils are losing £250m a year due to businesses avoiding paying their rates, new research has found.

  • LGA to hit back at proposed council tax restrictions

    10 January 2020

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is to fight proposals to restrict council tax rises to 2% without the holding of a referendum.

  • A gap that will prove hard to close

    09 January 2020

    Dan Peters investigates the scale of the funding challenge faced by the 32 councils told by the Government to bring their SEND funding deficit back into balance within three years.

  • Bridging the divide

    09 January 2020

    The Prime Minister’s aim of bringing the country back together is welcome, says Lord Kerslake - and dovetails with the UK 2070 Commission’s findings on the scale and direction of travel of the imbalance between North and South.

  • LGA calls for seat at table in children's care review

    08 January 2020

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is pressing for close involvement in the Government’s pledged children’s social care review.

  • Business rates retention pilots come under fire

    08 January 2020

    Piloting of business rates retention has been criticised by local government treasurers.

  • LGA care talks offer rejected

    02 January 2020

    The Government has declined an offer by the Local Government Association (LGA) to host talks on how to fund social care.

  • Boston urged to ‘shout loudly’

    02 January 2020

    The council has been told it should be proud of its achievements following a corporate peer challenge by the Local Government Association.

  • Councils defend out of area placements

    24 December 2019

    The children’s commissioner has called for a national review of the care system as four in 10 children in care are living away from their home towns.

  • NHS business rates claim rejected by High Court

    12 December 2019

    Councils have successfully defended a claim for billions of pounds of tax relief for NHS trusts.

  • EXCLUSIVE: LGA to provide vision to solve social care crisis

    10 December 2019

    Local government will put forward its vision of a reformed social care funding system to the next Prime Minister following criticism of parties’ election policies.

  • Ten of the best step up

    09 December 2019

    The 10 contestants taking part in the Local Government Challenge 2020 introduce themselves – and explain why they decided to apply and compete for the £10,000 scholarship.

  • Future Forum North: 'It's councils and councillors who are trusted to shape local places'

    06 December 2019

    With less than a week left before the General Election, the chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted ‘it’s councils and councillors who are trusted to shape what goes on locally’.

  • Support right across the political divide

    04 December 2019

    In the middle of a ‘brutal’ General Election campaign, Paul Wheeler pays tribute to the Local Government Association’s 20 years of cross-party political leadership programmes and peer reviews

  • More diversity among recent US election candidates bodes well

    04 December 2019

    Attempts to increase the range and diversity of election candidates in the US build on the work of the Local Government Association (LGA) Be a Councillor campaign, says Paul Wheeler.

  • Friday the 13th

    04 December 2019

    Friday the 13th is usually seen as an unlucky day, says Tony Kirkham - but he hopes the next one is 'the first step on a safe transition, starting with a budget settlement which leads to a sustainable future for local government'.

  • Deliver the funds we need to excel

    27 November 2019

    What does the LGA Independent Group want a new Government to deliver on local finances? National lead peer Cllr Mike Haines says his members all want strengthened local communities – and that requires adequate funding.