Local Government Association

  • Fresh calls for standards code sanctions

    26 January 2021

    Fresh calls for meaningful sanctions on badly behaving councillors were made this week after the Local Government Association (LGA) unanimously approved a model code of conduct.


  • Councils told to return millions in business grants to Whitehall

    25 January 2021

    Councils are being ordered to return millions of pounds in business grants to Whitehall even with firms shuttered in the middle of a national lockdown.


  • LGA pauses tourism levy calls

    22 January 2021

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has agreed to pause its work gathering an evidence base for the introduction of a tourism levy.


  • Jenrick: I would love remote meetings to continue

    19 January 2021

    Robert Jenrick has said he would ‘love’ councils to be able to continue holding remote meetings but there are no plans to change the law.


  • Extra scrutiny for council companies

    18 January 2021

    Senior councillors will receive a confidential quarterly report on the performance of all Warrington Council companies after two external reviews into the authority’s commercial approach.


  • LGA to call in conspiracy theory experts

    15 January 2021

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is to talk to university experts to help councils counter a rising tide of conspiracy theories.


  • Local leaders pile on vaccine pressure

    12 January 2021

    Frustrated local government leaders have piled pressure on ministers and officials over the speed and secrecy surrounding the coronavirus vaccine rollout.


  • Warning over integrated care plan

    11 January 2021

    Proposals to merge health bodies into larger regional integrated care systems (ICS) are ‘in danger of missing the real prize of collaborative place-based leadership,’ councils have warned.


  • Bah humbug!

    08 January 2021

    Last year was tough and 2021 will no doubt still be a bit of a slog for councils recovering from COVID.


  • Sector frustration as tougher restrictions arrive

    21 December 2020

    Council leaders have expressed frustration after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tougher Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions across parts of the country the week before Christmas.


  • Bids to open for £100m leisure fund

    15 December 2020

    Sport England has finally launched the £100m biddable fund to support English councils with outsourced public leisure centre provision.


  • PSAA to consider 'whopping' 120% audit fee hike

    14 December 2020

    The body responsible for overseeing audit fees is poised to assess requests for a number of significant increases, including one ‘whopping’ 120% rise.


  • Councils allowed to delay precept rise

    30 November 2020

    Local authorities will be allowed to delay big council tax increases next year ahead of elections, it has emerged.


  • Government pulls plug from counter-extremism group

    30 November 2020

    The Government has withdrawn funding for a network that shares experiences and good practice in tackling extremists.


  • Spelthorne undergoes finance peer review

    30 November 2020

    A council branded reckless for excessively borrowing to buy up commercial property has undergone a finance peer review from the Local Government Association (LGA).


  • LGA chairman steps down as leader of Central Beds

    26 November 2020

    Local Government Association (LGA) chairman Cllr James Jamieson has announced he will step down as leader of Central Bedfordshire Council.


  • Councils key to tackling 'anti-vax mob'

    24 November 2020

    Councils must act quickly to knock down the ‘anti-vax mob’ as the Government puts the sector at the heart of its strategy to tackle coronavirus, a senior public health chief has urged.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Stretched councils rumbled over identical financial returns

    23 November 2020

    Councils have been reminded to regularly update their monthly financial returns to Whitehall after stretched teams were caught submitting the same numbers each time.


  • Leisure centre collapse warning

    20 November 2020

    Under-pressure leisure centres will go under without further rescue funding on top of the £100m already pledged by the Government, district councils have warned.


  • Sector braced for more Whitehall interventions

    17 November 2020

    Local government is braced for further Whitehall interventions in the wake of ministers launching reviews of two councils within days of each other.