Local Government Association

  • The risks and value of the care home market in Torbay

    24 June 2019

    Torbay Council wants to influence the size and make-up of its residential care home market for older people. Ann McGauran summarises a case study included in the Local Government Association’s Productivity Experts Programme


  • Knowing when to ‘nudge’

    18 June 2019

    Jim McManus outlines how to navigate ‘that nudge thing’ – behavioural economics, insights and science to apply the right solution and avoid wasting time and money


  • Councils and union clash over zero-hour contracts

    18 June 2019

    Councils have insisted on keeping the option of zero-hour contracts as Unison prepares to push the sector’s associations to back a campaign to abolish them.


  • A campaign to dispel some of the myths about local government

    17 June 2019

    Unison has launched a campaign this week to celebrate the work of council staff. General secretary Dave Prentis explains why.


  • Investigating the homelessness challenge  on the Isle of Wight

    17 June 2019

    The fourth leg of the LG Challenge 2019 landed at Isle of Wight Council. Penny Galvin outlines how the participants performed on delivering a route from homelessness to housing


  • It’s a good time to lobby

    12 June 2019

    Dan Corry says that while the policy world is currently in something of a stasis lock, politically we’re seeing major realignments, with new battlefields – or at least new fronts – opening up everywhere.


  • LGA's own leadership race is underway

    11 June 2019

    The Local Government Association’s very own leadership election is underway with three Conservative candidates throwing their hats into the ring to become the next chairman.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Unison to make 'bold' pay claim

    10 June 2019

    Unison is poised to ask local government employers for a 10% pay rise in a ‘bold’ claim being submitted for 2020/21, The MJ has learnt.


  • Council preparations for Brexit 'hampered' by Whitehall

    06 June 2019

    Whitehall’s lack of focus and co-ordination ‘hampered’ councils’ preparations for Brexit in the run-up to April 12, a Local Government Association (LGA) report has said.


  • Porter in top up cash call

    04 June 2019

    Councils will need a cash top up if the political turmoil forces the new Prime Minister to delay plans for a three-year Spending Review, Local Government Association (LGA) chairman Lord Porter has warned.


  • Business rates system 'past its sell-by date'

    04 June 2019

    The business rates system is out of date, out of touch, unfit for purpose and ‘past its sell-by-date,’ local government leaders told MPs at a Treasury Committee hearing today.


  • EXCLUSIVE: New protocol to ease council tensions

    04 June 2019

    A protocol encouraging best practice between councils will be drawn up by the Local Government Association (LGA) as tensions grow around increasing out of area placements, The MJ understands.


  • LGA misses peer review target

    24 May 2019

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has missed its target to halve the number of councils that have not had a corporate peer challenge, its latest progress report has revealed.


  • Fresh call for business rates avoidance action

    20 May 2019

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has made a fresh call for ministers to tackle business rates avoidance – more than two years after commitments were first made.


  • The cost of the care challenge

    15 May 2019

    The recent collapse into administration of care provider Four Seasons has highlighted the huge financial pressures the sector faces. Michael Burton examines the figures


  • LGA calls for audit changes

    13 May 2019

    Councils have called for auditors to be made to ‘act promptly and report on a timely basis’ when there are concerns within a particular authority.


  • Senior officer capacity call

    10 May 2019

    Stroud DC should expand its senior officer capacity as soon as it can to help chief executive Kathy O’Leary drive change, Local Government Association peers have urged.


  • Cut business rates, claims Treasury's Truss

    09 May 2019

    Business rates should be cut to support the private sector, chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, told a Smith Square debate last night.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Fight for oversight

    09 May 2019

    Brokenshire moves to impose fresh conditions on ‘top slice’ cash


  • Unfreezing social mobility

    08 May 2019

    Social mobility has been stagnating for years, says a new report. How can councils help drive social mobility upwards and reduce levels of income inequality – and what’s holding them back? Ann McGauran reports