Local Government Association

  • Concerns raised over waste consultation length

    14 February 2019

    Concerns have been raised that the consultation period on three major pieces of policy could be slashed from the standard 12 weeks.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Down to the core

    13 February 2019

    Six out of 10 senior council figures admit their authority is now only delivering a basic core offer of service, The MJ and LGiU think-tank’s annual local government finance survey has revealed.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Chiefs' no-deal Brexit capacity warning

    12 February 2019

    Council capacity will be stretched under a no-deal Brexit scenario, local authority chief executives have warned the Government.


  • Think-tanks float extra council tax flexibility

    11 February 2019

    Local government faces another period of tough budget settlements but could be granted more freedom to raise local revenues, according to a report on options for this year’s Spending Review by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Institute for Government.


  • Labour would create local government commission

    11 February 2019

    Labour would create a new commission that would allow councillors to influence every decision that affects local authorities if they won a General Election.


  • Porter: Grenfell is sector's biggest shame

    08 February 2019

    The chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) has expressed his regret at being unable to make enough of a difference after the Grenfell Tower fire.


  • By no means fair enough

    06 February 2019

    Tony Kirkham is concerned that the desire to deliver fair funding could end up being something we started but couldn't finish.


  • MHCLG: Councils are not doing enough to prepare for Brexit

    04 February 2019

    Councils are not doing enough to prepare for Brexit and need to step up their game, the concerned Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has told sector figures.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Sector organisations to meet after high-profile chief departures

    31 January 2019

    Talks have started between two local government organisations after two high-profile chief executives parted company with their council just months after being appointed.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Brokenshire gets Brexit breakdown from chiefs

    31 January 2019

    Chief executives have told communities secretary James Brokenshire Whitehall needs to be more joined up between departments and in its communications with councils over Brexit.


  • Standards bearers

    30 January 2019

    The local standards regime for councils has faced allegations that it is insufficiently robust. Will the 20th report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life on ethics in local government lead to positive change? Heather Jameson reports


  • Making a case for smaller Government

    30 January 2019

    Simon Parker says it’s time for smaller, reformed central Government departments – and fewer of them – and a thorough debate about whether the nation can afford such large Government when frontline services are being slashed.


  • EXCLUSIVE: LGA hit by unexpected £1m insurance bill

    30 January 2019

    Smith Square faces an unexpected bill of up to £1m to cover the start-up costs of the insurance venture it has formed with 14 councils.


  • Council at crucial crossroads

    30 January 2019

    Copeland BC is at an ‘important cross-roads for its future’ as it faces an ‘extremely serious financial challenge,’ Local Government Association peers have said.


  • MHCLG finds extra £20m for Brexit

    28 January 2019

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has found an extra £20m to help councils with Brexit after only winning £35m from the Treasury.


  • Call for Derbyshire to 'overcome departmentalism'

    25 January 2019

    Investment in a greater corporate centre for Derbyshire CC is needed to overcome departmentalism, Local Government Association peers have suggested.


  • LGA faces financial headache

    25 January 2019

    Smith Square has acknowledged the financial challenges it faces as it freezes subscriptions while grappling with declining Government grants and a pension scheme deficit.


  • LGA backs deprivation in fair funding row

    23 January 2019

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has broken its silence to back the importance of deprivation in the fair funding debate that threatens to divide the sector.


  • EXCLUSIVE: No-deal Brexit funding call

    23 January 2019

    Smith Square has pushed Marsham Street to provide funding for councils to implement their no-deal Brexit plans as Whitehall urges local authorities to act now.


  • Auditors bid to explain real cause of difference in councils' spend on kids

    23 January 2019

    A nine-fold variation in spending on children’s social care could largely be down to ‘differences in characteristics’ between councils, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) study.