LGA Conference

  • 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'.

  • Confidence collapses as statutory services face meltdown

    05 July 2019

    Research by LGA reveals councils will struggle to meet legal obligations within three years.

  • Non-metropolitan councils need the power to tackle barriers to growth

    04 July 2019

    The Post-Brexit England Commission’s final report has set out a prospectus to Government of ‘tangible, practical proposals’ with the potential to ‘make a difference to local communities quickly’.

  • The clock is ticking on the push for devolution

    03 July 2019

    There will be little bandwidth for local government policy in the coming months, says Heather Jameson. Her lesson to the victor of the LGA's very own leadership election is: don't wait.

  • More joined up approach is needed from central Government to tackle county lines

    03 July 2019

    Central Government departments work in silos on tackling serious violence and county lines and need to work together ‘in a more smart way’, says a council expert.

  • Conquering housing’s many complexities

    03 July 2019

    Cllr Martin Tett highlights how the LGA is working for councils to be given the powers and funding to fix Britain’s broken housing ladder by building new, social rented houses.

  • Bringing in the changes

    03 July 2019

    If the Government fails to adequately fund local government there is a real risk to the future financial viability of some services and councils, writes Mark Lloyd as the LGA annual conference gets into full swing.

  • Time for a UK-wide debate on tourism levies

    03 July 2019

    Cities south of the border including Birmingham have plans to consider tourism levies. Cllr Judith Blake says Core Cities UK believes it's time for a national discussion about whether one might work in the UK.

  • Brokenshire calls for 'new deal for local government'

    02 July 2019

    Communities secretary James Brokenshire has called on the next Prime Minister to publish a Green Paper on a new deal between local and central government. 

  • LGA Conference 2019

    02 July 2019

    The MJ is bringing you all the latest news and features from this year's Local Government Association Conference in Bournemouth.

  • Bring it on – give it to us

    02 July 2019

    James Jamieson is the newly-elected chairman of the Local Government Association. He talks to Heather Jameson about his priorities. He wants councils to have ‘not just the responsibility, we want the resources and the responsibility’