Local Government Association
LGA set to go red amid counties' exit
The political control of the Local Government Association (LGA) hangs in the balance in the run up to the local elections after the departure of two counties.
£10bn bill to repair local roads
The estimated one-time cost to get local roads in England and Wales back into a ‘reasonable, steady state’ is £10.24bn, according to a new survey.
Pandemic hits LGA's graduate programme
The coronavirus pandemic undermined Smith Square’s plan to expand its National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP), councillors have heard.
More cash as Troubled Families rebranded
The Government has rebranded its Troubled Families programme and pledged £165m.
Councils demand vaccine flexibility amid ethnic minority concerns
Councils called for greater flexibility over COVID-19 vaccine delivery after figures showed more than 40% of some ethnic minorities have not received a jab.
Virtual insanity: Councils hit out at refusal to extend meeting rules
Councils will not be able to hold virtual council meetings after 6 May after the Government refused to budge on changes to legislation.
City leaders raise concerns over levelling up fund
Council leaders have questioned the how effective the Government’s levelling up fund will prove to be.
County set to walk out of LGA membership
Leicestershire CC leader Nick Rushton has said he will pull the council out of membership of the Local Government Association (LGA) at the end of the month.
Council concern over grant pressure
Councils have raised concerns with government that local authorities will have to demonstrate their efforts to spend a key business grant before getting more cash.
Councils to be given five years to spend Right to Buy receipts
Councils will be given five years to spend receipts from Right to Buy sales as part of an overhaul of the key housing policy, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.
Five councils strike bailout deals with government over SEND
Five councils have struck deals worth at least £100m that will allow them to wipe out their massive special educational needs deficits (SEND).
Pandemic forces finance reform rethink
Whitehall plans for local government finance reform were thrown into doubt this week after civil servants indicated the pandemic would force them to rethink.
Hancock's half hour to ease sector concerns
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has attempted to ease local government concerns about far-reaching NHS legislation plans.
LGA forced to pay back £1m in unused grant
The Local Government Association (LGA) will have to pay back around £1m in unused cash to central government as part of a deal struck on its top slice funding.
LGA urges rethink on virtual meetings
The Local Government Association’s chairman has urged ministers to pave the way for virtual council meetings to continue after the local elections.
Council chiefs ask for matched pay rise
Council chief executives have asked for the same pay rise as will be awarded to the rest of local government staff in 2021-22.
BUDGET 2021: £220m fund to move away from European funding
The Government announced a £220m fund in the Budget as part of the move away from European funding after Brexit.
Unison call for election safety measures
The Government needs to implement strict measures in May’s local elections to keep staff safe, trade union Unison urged today.
Jenrick warned of legal action over end to virtual meetings
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has been served a pre-action letter warning of legal action to allow virtual council meetings to continue.
Public health commissioning move 'illogical'
A suggestion from the body representing NHS trusts that the commissioning of key public health services should be removed from local government is ‘illogical,’ councils have said.