LGA Conference

  • Don't allow this strange summer lull to dilute our focus

    09 July 2019

    There will come a time when a new administration will need a new domestic policy agenda, says John O'Brien. We have to make sure we continue to show how councils should be a vital part of that future, he adds.


  • Showtime by the seaside

    09 July 2019

    Ministers, mandarins, town hall, Whitehall and more all met in Bournemouth last week for the Local Government Association conference. Michael Burton reports on the highlights


  • Rolling out a new institutionalism

    09 July 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West wonders if, alongside new localism, we need a new institutionalism too?


  • How can the financial settlement meet its deadline?

    09 July 2019

    The clock is ticking on the countdown to publication of the financial settlement for 2020/21, says Michael Burton - but the timetable is 'spectacularly complex'.


  • Confidence collapses as statutory services face meltdown

    05 July 2019

    Research by LGA reveals councils will struggle to meet legal obligations within three years.


  • Non-metropolitan councils need the power to tackle barriers to growth

    04 July 2019

    The Post-Brexit England Commission’s final report has set out a prospectus to Government of ‘tangible, practical proposals’ with the potential to ‘make a difference to local communities quickly’.


  • The clock is ticking on the push for devolution

    03 July 2019

    There will be little bandwidth for local government policy in the coming months, says Heather Jameson. Her lesson to the victor of the LGA's very own leadership election is: don't wait.


  • More joined up approach is needed from central Government to tackle county lines

    03 July 2019

    Central Government departments work in silos on tackling serious violence and county lines and need to work together ‘in a more smart way’, says a council expert.


  • Conquering housing’s many complexities

    03 July 2019

    Cllr Martin Tett highlights how the LGA is working for councils to be given the powers and funding to fix Britain’s broken housing ladder by building new, social rented houses.


  • Bringing in the changes

    03 July 2019

    If the Government fails to adequately fund local government there is a real risk to the future financial viability of some services and councils, writes Mark Lloyd as the LGA annual conference gets into full swing.


  • Time for a UK-wide debate on tourism levies

    03 July 2019

    Cities south of the border including Birmingham have plans to consider tourism levies. Cllr Judith Blake says Core Cities UK believes it's time for a national discussion about whether one might work in the UK.


  • Brokenshire calls for 'new deal for local government'

    02 July 2019

    Communities secretary James Brokenshire has called on the next Prime Minister to publish a Green Paper on a new deal between local and central government. 


  • LGA Conference 2019

    02 July 2019

    The MJ is bringing you all the latest news and features from this year's Local Government Association Conference in Bournemouth.


  • Bring it on – give it to us

    02 July 2019

    James Jamieson is the newly-elected chairman of the Local Government Association. He talks to Heather Jameson about his priorities. He wants councils to have ‘not just the responsibility, we want the resources and the responsibility’


  • LGA politics in a time of turmoil

    26 June 2019

    As the sector descends on Bournemouth for the Local Government Association conference this week, the four political groups outline their priorities for the coming year.


  • Brokenshire's 10 minutes of fame

    09 July 2018

    Newish communities secretary James Brokenshire was treated a bit like a celebrity at his first Local Government Association (LGA) conference.


  • Brokenshire pushed on Brexit

    05 July 2018

    Local government has presented communities secretary James Brokenshire with a list of Brexit-related issues that need immediate solutions.


  • Cable: Commercial forays utterly bizarre

    05 July 2018

    The leader of the Lib Dems has said it is ‘utterly bizarre’ that councils are buying up commercial investments miles from their areas.


  • Forbes calls for new funding approach

    05 July 2018

    Senior vice-chair of the Local Government Association (LGA), Cllr Nick Forbes, has called for a ‘very different approach’ to the way councils are funded.


  • Sunak unveils digital declaration

    04 July 2018

    The Government has announced a new digital declaration, backed up by £7.5m funding, to help councils transform their online services.