Local Government Association

  • EXCLUSIVE: No Whitehall standstill despite coronavirus

    31 March 2020

    Whitehall officials have insisted that they want to make progress with other government business despite the coronavirus crisis.


  • Changes to governance structures are needed in a time of pandemic

    31 March 2020

    Decision making is a pressing concern facing local government lawyers due to the evolving pandemic, but it is not the only one, says Helen McGrath


  • Parking charges for social care and NHS workers suspended

    27 March 2020

    On-street and pay and display car parking charges for social care and NHS workers will be suspended.


  • End of week rough sleeping deadline

    27 March 2020

    Councils have been asked to support rough sleepers into accommodation by the end of the week amid the coronavirus pandemic.


  • LGA cancels annual conference in coronavirus crisis

    26 March 2020

    The Local Government Association (LGA) annual conference has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, it has been announced.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Ministry to look at easing sector burdens

    24 March 2020

    Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) officials have said they will look at further easing the burdens on the sector amid the coronavirus crisis.


  • Government working to ensure 'networks remain resilient'

    23 March 2020

    The Government has said it is ‘in regular contact’ with broadband and mobile operators to make sure ‘networks remain resilient’ during the coronavirus pandemic.


  • LGA chief in ransomware warning

    23 March 2020

    The impact of a successful ransomware attack amid the coronavirus crisis could be catastrophic, Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive, Mark Lloyd has warned.


  • Jenrick in coronavirus cash flow appeal

    21 March 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has urged councils experiencing cash flow issues as a result of coronavirus to get in touch.


  • £3bn bed blocking coronavirus cash injection

    19 March 2020

    Almost £3bn of the Government’s £5bn Covid-19 funding will go towards freeing up at least 15,000 English hospital beds by the end of next week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.


  • It doesn’t hurt to be nice

    18 March 2020

    Applying for a new role is a time-consuming process that takes a lot of energy and personal investment. Sharon Davies believes applicants must be supported to put their best foot forward. And, she points out, honesty and kindness go a very long way.


  • MHCLG to step up direct engagement with councils

    16 March 2020

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is to step up its direct engagement with councils to better understand their challenges.


  • Call for growth deal to cover funding gap

    16 March 2020

    A £3bn growth deal is needed to avoid a gap in the delivery of capital projects while the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is introduced, the organisation representing local enterprise partnerships (LEP) has said.


  • Councils step up coronavirus response

    10 March 2020

    Local authorities across the country have stepped up their response to coronavirus as the number of cases continues to rise.


  • McManus to speak on coronavirus planning

    04 March 2020

    The vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, Jim McManus, is to address chief executive delegates about planning for coronavirus at The MJ Future Forum later this month.


  • Right to Buy reform calls grow

    03 March 2020

    Calls intensified this week for the Government to reform its ‘outdated’ Right to Buy (RtB) policy in next week’s Budget.


  • Redmond to consider audit deadline change

    02 March 2020

    Sir Tony Redmond will consider whether to change the current publication deadline for accounts as part of his independent review for the Government, ministers have confirmed.


  • PWLB borrowing drops dramatically after rate rise

    02 March 2020

    The amount of borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) has fallen dramatically in the months since the Treasury announced an immediate 1% rate rise.


  • Commission calls for action plan

    02 March 2020

    A comprehensive review of economic decline and social division has called for a ‘large-scale, comprehensive, long-term and devolved’ plan of action to deliver change.


  • Government bats away Bellwin criticism

    25 February 2020

    The Government has batted away fresh criticisms of the 37-year-old Bellwin scheme after one of the wettest winters on record.