1.3m families to miss out on council tax rebate
Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) figures suggest that around 1.3m families risk missing out on the Government’s £150 council tax rebate to help with energy bills.
LGA under pressure over Russian pension investments
The Local Government Association (LGA) has come under pressure to push for its pension fund to withdraw its Russian investments.
Lib Dem leader calls for urgency on social care reform
Speaking at the Local Government Association’s virtual conference, party leader Sir Ed Davey said he still had hopes for cross-party talks on the issue.
Lib Dems elect new LGA group leader
Cllr Joe Harris has been elected leader of the Lib Dem group at the Local Government Association.
Lib Dem council leaders urge chancellor to make UC uplift permanent
More than 30 Liberal Democrat council leaders and deputies have written to the Government calling for the £20 uplift in Universal Credit introduced last March to be made permanent.
Planning proposals will 'disempower' councils
The Lib Dems have used their autumn conference to warn that the Government’s planning proposals will ‘disempower’ councils.
EXCLUSIVE: Lib Dem leadership candidates in reorganisation warning
The Lib Dem leadership candidates have both warned against the Government’s plans to force through reorganisation without proper consideration.
Lib Dems - 'We need a devolution revolution to drive the green revolution'
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.
EXCLUSIVE: LGA split over worker bonus
A cross-party agreement that the Local Government Association (LGA) would lobby for a coronavirus payment to staff was ditched after senior councillors blocked the move, The MJ can reveal.
Lib Dems unveil plans to tackle homelessness
The Liberal Democrats have set out a raft of plans to end rough sleeping in the run up to the General Election.
It’s all about the money, money, money
What does local government need from a new Government on finance? Councils must be fully funded if they are to make a difference, says LGA Liberal Democrat Group leader Cllr Howard Sykes.
We’ll give power back to the people
As the General Election looms, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson outlines the key commitments the party has focused on – and is adamant strong leadership at a national level will boost local powers for the future.
The 'two old parties' have failed us, says Lib Dem leader
Local government has been praised for doing ‘an amazing job’ by leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson.
Lib Dems to 'end continual erosion' of council funding
Lib Dems would ‘end the continual erosion’ of local government funding if they win power at the General Election, the party’s manifesto has pledged.
Social care and climate change share limelight at Lib Dem conference
Increased funding via new taxes and more powers to tackle climate change are among the policies adopted at the Lib Dem conference this week.
Elderly people 'could die' in the event of a no-deal Brexit
A no-deal Brexit, if it happens, could result in the deaths of elderly people, according to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Lib Dem group leader.
Lib Dem leadership hopeful promises devolution revolution
Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Jo Swinson has said that if she is elected to the top role this summer ‘ we will oversee a devolution revolution’ .
EXCLUSIVE: Sir Vince backs more council borrowing powers
Ahead of his first Liberal Democrat conference as party leader, Sir Vince Cable tells Michael Burton why local government should play a key role in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure.
Government criticised over Right to Buy
Council homes are being sold off almost three times faster than local authorities can replace them, research has revealed.
Sykes beats House to LGA Lib Dem role
A councillor who promised to bring a ‘no-nonsense approach’ to the role has been elected leader of the Local Government Association’s Lib Dem group.