Local Government Association

  • Jenrick warned of legal action over end to virtual meetings

    25 February 2021

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has been served a pre-action letter warning of legal action to allow virtual council meetings to continue.

  • Public health commissioning move 'illogical'

    25 February 2021

    A suggestion from the body representing NHS trusts that the commissioning of key public health services should be removed from local government is ‘illogical,’ councils have said.

  • Levelling Up Fund to feature rapid bid process

    23 February 2021

    The £4bn cross-departmental Levelling Up Fund will feature a rapid bid process, with all projects having to be completed before the next General Election, The MJ understands.

  • LGA code of conduct 'unlikely to gain traction'

    23 February 2021

    The Local Government Association’s model code of conduct is ‘unlikely to gain any traction across the sector’ because of the lack of sanctions breaches attract, council chief executives have warned Whitehall.

  • Calls to vaccinate election workers grow

    22 February 2021

    Pressure is growing for key election workers to be prioritised in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout after the Government confirmed polls will take place in May.

  • Councils call for extra cash for expanded shielding list

    17 February 2021

    Councils have called for more access to data and extra cash to deal with sharp spike in the number of people shielding from coronavirus.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Four senior Croydon officers suspended

    09 February 2021

    Crisis-hit Croydon LBC has suspended a big chunk of its senior leadership in a bombshell move.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Pressure mounts on Jenrick over audit

    09 February 2021

    Whitehall officials are putting communities secretary Robert Jenrick under pressure to change course after he failed to implement a key recommendation of the Redmond Review, The MJ understands.

  • Spelthorne told it must 'understand and manage risk'

    01 February 2021

    A council that invested almost 40 times its budget in property must ‘understand and manage risk and its impact on future financial performance and sustainability,’ a Local Government Association (LGA) finance peer challenge has said.

  • Elderly in new campaign of civil disobedience

    26 January 2021

    Up to two million older people in the UK denied the social care support they need could refuse to pay their council tax in protest.

  • Fresh calls for standards code sanctions

    26 January 2021

    Fresh calls for meaningful sanctions on badly behaving councillors were made this week after the Local Government Association (LGA) unanimously approved a model code of conduct.

  • Councils told to return millions in business grants to Whitehall

    25 January 2021

    Councils are being ordered to return millions of pounds in business grants to Whitehall even with firms shuttered in the middle of a national lockdown.

  • LGA pauses tourism levy calls

    22 January 2021

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has agreed to pause its work gathering an evidence base for the introduction of a tourism levy.

  • Jenrick: I would love remote meetings to continue

    19 January 2021

    Robert Jenrick has said he would ‘love’ councils to be able to continue holding remote meetings but there are no plans to change the law.

  • Extra scrutiny for council companies

    18 January 2021

    Senior councillors will receive a confidential quarterly report on the performance of all Warrington Council companies after two external reviews into the authority’s commercial approach.

  • LGA to call in conspiracy theory experts

    15 January 2021

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is to talk to university experts to help councils counter a rising tide of conspiracy theories.

  • Local leaders pile on vaccine pressure

    12 January 2021

    Frustrated local government leaders have piled pressure on ministers and officials over the speed and secrecy surrounding the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

  • Warning over integrated care plan

    11 January 2021

    Proposals to merge health bodies into larger regional integrated care systems (ICS) are ‘in danger of missing the real prize of collaborative place-based leadership,’ councils have warned.

  • Bah humbug!

    08 January 2021

    Last year was tough and 2021 will no doubt still be a bit of a slog for councils recovering from COVID.

  • Sector frustration as tougher restrictions arrive

    21 December 2020

    Council leaders have expressed frustration after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tougher Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions across parts of the country the week before Christmas.