LGA Conference

  • Enjoy summer as it’s not looking good for the rest of the year

    21 July 2020

    The Government seems to have fallen in love with the idea of big unitary councils and elected mayors, says Paul Wheeler. But this enthusiasm for re-organisation is grim news for the multitude of mainly Conservative district councils, he adds.


  • Call for exercise boom to continue

    08 July 2020

    Paralympian champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has made a rallying call for the exercise boom to continue after lockdown.


  • We're not the 'parents'

    07 July 2020

    District and shire county councils would all face abolition if the Government’s formula for the devolution White Paper is implemented, says Ian Miller. And let’s hope Whitehall doesn’t think town and parish councils will need 'parenting', he adds.


  • Lib Dems - 'We need a devolution revolution to drive the green revolution'

    07 July 2020

    Fixing social care, tackling climate change, addressing deep-seated inequalities and rebuilding the economy are the ‘enormous challenges’ ahead, says acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.


  • More burden-sharing than burden-busting

    07 July 2020

    Last week’s funding announcement was ‘miles away from the Government’s initial vow to support local authorities in full’ - and the sector remains unsatisfied, says Dan Peters.


  • Screening questions

    03 July 2020

    Communities secretary Robert Jenrick came to this year’s Local Government Association (LGA) conference with his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.


  • Jenrick: We'll back local government

    02 July 2020

    Robert Jenrick has promised that Whitehall will back local government in the same way councils ‘stepped up and supported people in their time of need’.


  • Starmer to replace House of Lords with elected body

    01 July 2020

    A Labour government will replace the House of Lords with an elected body of representatives from local and regional government, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told a virtual Local Government Association conference session.


  • Walking and cycling plea to avoid 'car-mageddon'

    01 July 2020

    A senior councillor has warned against a ‘car-mageddon’ recovery post-lockdown as he urged the sector to invest in walking and cycling.


  • LGA shies away from reorganisation 'fight back'

    30 June 2020

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has shied away from calls for it to launch a ‘fight back’ against reorganisation though senior members criticised any top-down approach.


  • 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.


  • Does our place-shaping role risk being imperilled?

    04 November 2019

    An anonymous writer ponders the incongruity between what the centre expects from local government and the ‘nature, breadth and ferocity’ of the challenges councils are facing.


  • Chief executives will get access to the guidance, knowledge and support they need

    20 August 2019

    Joanne Roney says she intends to ensure Solace provides accessible and self-managed development options to all in a timely and appropriate format.


  • New Treasury team must not destroy its inheritance

    24 July 2019

    Michael Burton says the power to plunge the economy into recession lies in the hands of the new Prime Minister and the new Treasury ministerial line-up.


  • We cannot afford to take no for an answer

    17 July 2019

    Louise Round says Tandridge DC was not 'one of the lucky 50' to get through to the second round of the Future High Streets funding round. She hopes Government will not make the second stage disproportionately difficult for councils to take part in.


  • Phrase maze

    09 July 2019

    Every conference has its concept. A phrase, word or idea that is cited on stage, only to be chucked willy nilly into all the chatter in the bars and coffee corners for the rest of the event and beyond.


  • 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'.