Local Government Association

  • Another senior management restructure for Warrington

    10 December 2019

    Changes to Warrington Council’s senior management structure will be made, senior councillors have decided.


  • Future Forum North: Call for towns and cities to make peace

    06 December 2019

    The driving force behind the Greater Manchester devolution deal has urged towns and cities to make peace.


  • A vote for change

    20 November 2019

    Local government calls for ‘radical change’ and ‘genuine devolution’ increased this week as political parties prepared to unveil their General Election manifestos.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Fears over 'watered down' committee replacement

    19 November 2019

    Fears have been raised that the UK will be landed with a ‘watered-down replacement’ for the EU Committee of the Regions after Brexit.


  • Peer review proposal for pensions

    15 November 2019

    The Local Government Association peer review programme could be expanded to include council pension schemes, a new report has suggested.


  • LGA loans more cash to commercial arm

    12 November 2019

    Smith Square lent its commercial arm £2m at the start of the year and last month provided further funding, it has emerged.


  • Employers delay response to 10% pay claim

    12 November 2019

    Local government employers have told trade union leaders that they are unlikely to respond to their 10% pay claim before next year.


  • The secret is out – take the challenge

    06 November 2019

    The more the message is spread within councils, the stronger the Local Government Challenge has become 10 years on, say Cllr Paul Carter and Cllr Kevin Bentley.


  • Hold SEND balances centrally or provide 'sufficient funding'

    28 October 2019

    The special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) crisis should be tackled by providing ‘sufficient funding’ or by holding balances centrally instead of on council balance sheets, a chief executive has told The MJ.


  • LGA fears over audit delays

    28 October 2019

    Problems with completing a large number of audits on time could lead to councils being penalised, the Local Government Association (LGA) fears.


  • Jenrick in new anti-semitism drive

    22 October 2019

    Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has written to every council in the country calling on them to adopt an international definition of anti-semitism or explain themselves.


  • New leadership role to boost place-based working

    02 October 2019

    Local government’s sole representative on the new National Leadership Centre’s (NLC) board wants to use her role to boost place-based ways of working.


  • Call for new audit oversight body

    02 October 2019

    A new type of oversight body for local audit that would take a strategic approach to addressing the sector’s sustainability challenges is needed, a top auditor has suggested.


  • The war against County Lines

    01 October 2019

    Paul Marinko looks at how local authorities are tackling the scourge of County Lines – and finds that the dexterity of gangs in adapting to agencies’ responses makes a ‘monumental task’ even harder.


  • Election and Brexit could hit peer review plans

    01 October 2019

    A General Election before March would put the Local Government Association (LGA) at risk of failing to deliver the number of peer challenges demanded by Whitehall.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Core Cities' £28bn Shared Prosperity Fund warning

    26 September 2019

    The proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) must be worth at least £28bn over seven years if the UK is to deliver its devolved policy objectives, a leading sector body has warned.


  • Talks paused over replacing Committee of the Regions

    25 September 2019

    Talks over the Government’s commitment to replicate the European Committee of the Regions have been paused as the UK's Brexit deadline looms.


  • 70% decrease in youth services funding

    25 September 2019

    Local youth services have been hit by a nearly 70% decrease in funding in a decade, young people's charity YMCA has found.


  • Suspended deputy returns to work

    25 September 2019

    Thanet DC’s deputy chief executive Tim Willis is understood to have returned to work after six weeks suspended.


  • Council scraps chief's post

    19 September 2019

    Hertsmere BC has scrapped the post of chief executive as part of a move to a ‘more cost-effective management structure’.