LGA Conference

  • Who will crack care?

    20 July 2021

    The Government must raise enough funding to end the unsatisfactory adult social care system and ensure a skilled workforce is both attracted and retained, writes Sir Bob Neill.


  • Getting back in the groove

    13 July 2021

    As the country prepares to open up to gatherings again, Heather Jameson rounds up last week’s major annual virtual conferences – and finds an air of optimism within the sector despite the challenges ahead.


  • UK should emulate Biden - Marmot

    09 July 2021

    Public health expert Sir Michael Marmot has urged the Government to follow the lead of US President Joe Biden to level up the UK.


  • Javid vows to reform social care 'quite soon'

    08 July 2021

    New health secretary Sajid Javid has promised to bring forward plans for social care reform ‘quite soon’, but failed to commit to an exact timetable.


  • Reed accuses government of dropping devolution

    07 July 2021

    Shadow communities secretary Steve Reed has accused the Government of dropping its commitment to devolution.


  • Lib Dem leader calls for urgency on social care reform

    07 July 2021

    Speaking at the Local Government Association’s virtual conference, party leader Sir Ed Davey said he still had hopes for cross-party talks on the issue.


  • Is Slough the canary in the mine?

    07 July 2021

    Heather Jameson says it’s hard to reconcile Robert Jenrick's vision of a ten to 20-year plan for local places with 'a system that sees councils’ finances lurch blindly from year to year, on a promise of a three-year deal that fails to materialise.'


  • Whitty warns of tough times ahead

    06 July 2021

    The life-changing effects of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for many months to come, Professor Chris Whitty has said.


  • Jenrick to reduce competitive bidding

    06 July 2021

    The communities secretary has pledged to reduce the number of funds councils have to compete for as part of plans to consolidate the sector’s funding.


  • Metropolis didn't have a happy ending

    02 June 2021

    As the threat of COVID begins to lift there are some difficult questions ahead, says Paul Wheeler. He asks how much more difficult will recovery be for city centres 'if a significant number of well-paid workers never spend time or money there'?


  • Enjoy summer as it’s not looking good for the rest of the year

    21 July 2020

    The Government seems to have fallen in love with the idea of big unitary councils and elected mayors, says Paul Wheeler. But this enthusiasm for re-organisation is grim news for the multitude of mainly Conservative district councils, he adds.


  • Call for exercise boom to continue

    08 July 2020

    Paralympian champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has made a rallying call for the exercise boom to continue after lockdown.


  • We're not the 'parents'

    07 July 2020

    District and shire county councils would all face abolition if the Government’s formula for the devolution White Paper is implemented, says Ian Miller. And let’s hope Whitehall doesn’t think town and parish councils will need 'parenting', he adds.


  • Lib Dems - 'We need a devolution revolution to drive the green revolution'

    07 July 2020

    Fixing social care, tackling climate change, addressing deep-seated inequalities and rebuilding the economy are the ‘enormous challenges’ ahead, says acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.


  • More burden-sharing than burden-busting

    07 July 2020

    Last week’s funding announcement was ‘miles away from the Government’s initial vow to support local authorities in full’ - and the sector remains unsatisfied, says Dan Peters.


  • Screening questions

    03 July 2020

    Communities secretary Robert Jenrick came to this year’s Local Government Association (LGA) conference with his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.


  • Jenrick: We'll back local government

    02 July 2020

    Robert Jenrick has promised that Whitehall will back local government in the same way councils ‘stepped up and supported people in their time of need’.


  • Starmer to replace House of Lords with elected body

    01 July 2020

    A Labour government will replace the House of Lords with an elected body of representatives from local and regional government, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told a virtual Local Government Association conference session.


  • Walking and cycling plea to avoid 'car-mageddon'

    01 July 2020

    A senior councillor has warned against a ‘car-mageddon’ recovery post-lockdown as he urged the sector to invest in walking and cycling.


  • LGA shies away from reorganisation 'fight back'

    30 June 2020

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has shied away from calls for it to launch a ‘fight back’ against reorganisation though senior members criticised any top-down approach.