Local Government Association

  • Simmonds could face challenge from county leader

    20 February 2018

    Smith Square’s Conservative group leader, Cllr David Simmonds, is facing a potential leadership challenge from a county council leader, The MJ understands.


  • Spending Review to decide bonus future

    20 February 2018

    The future of the New Homes Bonus rests on next year’s departmental spending review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed.


  • Councils told to improve strategic planning

    19 February 2018

    Cherwell and South Northamptonshire DCs have been told they must improve strategic planning as they intensify their joint working.


  • Chief's arrival lifts Melton morale

    19 February 2018

    The arrival of a new chief executive at Melton BC has ‘lifted staff spirits and morale,’ a group of Local Government Association peers has found.


  • LGA urged to act on LOBO loans

    15 February 2018

    Campaigners have called for Smith Square to investigate and pursue the brokers, banks and advisers ‘complicit in the misselling’ controversial Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans.


  • Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years

    14 February 2018

    The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.


  • Council vows to improve 'volatile' relations

    13 February 2018

    Maldon DC has vowed to improve ‘volatile’ relations between members and senior officers after a second peer challenge review identified concerns.


  • Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge

    09 February 2018

    New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.


  • Devolution framework 'almost done'

    09 February 2018

    The Government's new devolution framework is 'almost done,' communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted.


  • Porter: Play nicely or Government will impose reorganisation

    08 February 2018

    The chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, has warned the sector to 'stop fighting and play nicely' or Whitehall will impose reorganisation.


  • Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement

    07 February 2018

    Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised

    06 February 2018

    One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.


  • Growing our own talent

    06 February 2018

    Cllr Paul Carter and Cllr Kevin Bentley celebrate nine years of the Bruce-Lockhart Scholarship as competition hots up for this year’s LGA Local Government Challenge


  • Gwynne moves to soothe Labour tensions

    06 February 2018

    Shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne has moved soothe Labour tensions in the wake of Haringey LBC leader Claire Kober’s decision to quit.


  • Living the legacy of suffrage campaigners

    06 February 2018

    One hundred years after some women on the right to vote, Cllr Marianne Overton and Cllr Lesley Clarke assess how far we have come.


  • Peer reviews should 'stretch' councils - LGA

    05 February 2018

    Corporate peer challenges (CPC) should ‘stretch’ councils so they get the most out of them, the chairman of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) improvement and innovation board has said.


  • Lord Porter gives the gift of time

    05 February 2018

    Too often we lament our hectic lives – usually while simultaneously getting the kids ready for school, washing up, putting the bins out, filing our tax return, eating breakfast with one hand and de-icing the windscreen with the other.


  • Council urged to strengthen engagement

    29 January 2018

    Ribble Valley BC must strengthen its engagement with staff and partners if it is to sustain its success, Local Government Association (LGA) peers have warned.


  • LGA left in the dark

    29 January 2018

    With parsimonious Philip Hammond keeping his iron-like grip on the public coffers, all council-linked organisations are under pressure to save cash.


  • Further deterioration of Sandwell's children's services

    29 January 2018

    Sandwell MBC has failed to improve its Ofsted rating for children’s social care and is still managing ‘inadequate’ services.