London Councils

  • Alarm bells ring over scrapping of housing rule

    11 April 2022

    The Government risks ‘drastically undermining’ London’s ambitions to boost affordable housebuilding and tackle homelessness in the capital, a senior councillor has warned.

  • Council tax reform call as budgets passed

    04 March 2022

    A senior sector figure has called for council tax reform as local authorities continued to pass their budgets for 2022-23 amid concerns about their medium-term financial sustainability.

  • London's councils are actively pursuing gender parity

    03 March 2022

    As International Women’s Day 2022 approaches, it’s timely to reflect the progress being made as well as the challenges, barriers and biases still being faced by women in the workplace, says Alison Griffin.

  • Now is the time for London councils to step up to the plate on integration

    02 March 2022

    Councils must seize the day if they’re to make the most of the opportunity to deliver life-changing integration with the NHS in London, says Cllr Danny Thorpe.

  • Johnson ending COVID restrictions 'too early'

    23 February 2022

    Councils in England have said national moves to drop COVID-19 restrictions and support are being made too quickly.

  • Huge pressures facing transport for children with special educational needs

    14 February 2022

    London Councils is calling on the Government to provide urgent funding to match the increase in demand and costs in special educational needs transport services, says Cllr Damian White.

  • National industrial action prospects over pay fade

    07 February 2022

    A nationally-coordinated wave of industrial action over this year’s pay claim looks increasingly unlikely as the outcome of trade union ballots emerged.

  • EXCLUSIVE: NAO to consider early intervention report

    24 January 2022

    The National Audit Office (NAO) is to consider a report on early intervention and prevention after lobbying from the sector, The MJ understands.

  • This is a pivotal moment for ending rough sleeping

    14 December 2021

    The next phase of the pandemic presents a new challenge to rise to – ensuring that we seize every opportunity to end rough sleeping for good, says chief executive of London Councils Alison Griffin.

  • London chiefs in mass exodus

    17 November 2021

    London is facing a mass exodus of its council chief executives with nearly half of the boroughs set to be searching for a new chief.

  • Chancellor’s ‘age of optimism’ doesn’t ring true for council finances

    09 November 2021

    The Spending Review did not bring funding back to anything like 2010 levels and London boroughs are left facing £400m losses over the next two years, says Cllr Darren Rodwell.

  • Councils hit by fund's admin burden

    25 October 2021

    Frustrated councils are bracing themselves for an administration headache as they work out how to dole out the Government’s £500m household support fund.

  • Councils offer almost 1,000 properties in Afghan asylum drive

    25 October 2021

    Councils have offered almost 1,000 properties to support the resettlement and relocation of Afghan citizens and their families, the latest figures have shown.

  • Plugging the net zero funding gap

    20 October 2021

    The UK Climate Change Investment Commission is developing a radical place-based offer to private finance, says Alison Griffin - and it estimates in the core cities and London boroughs alone there is potential for up to £500m worth of investment.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Questions over taskforce purpose

    19 October 2021

    Local government associations have called for ministers to define the purpose of a new taskforce ahead of April’s launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), The MJ understands.

  • Councils need funding certainty

    05 October 2021

    London’s local services face pressures of up to £2bn over the Spending Review period, says Cllr Darren Rodwell. The chancellor must empower councils to tackle the most momentous challenges we face today, he argues.

  • Families under pressure

    27 September 2021

    As energy and food costs soar and pandemic financial support comes to an end, Chris Mahony asks what impact the pressures on low income families will have on stretched local authorities.

  • Call to boost council housebuilding powers

    16 August 2021

    Housebuilding in London needs to be doubled to meet demand, according to new analysis from London Councils.

  • Facing down a perfect storm of violence

    10 August 2021

    This summer will be one of the most challenging local councils have faced when it comes to bearing down on violent crime and its devastating consequences says Cllr Jas Athwal. He looks at how London boroughs are tackling the issue.

  • Capital's councils in call for tough new powers

    09 July 2021

    Local authorities need tough new powers to combat non-traffic sources of air pollution, the capital’s councils have urged.