Local Government Association
PODCAST: True colours
In the first of a series of leadership podcasts by Public Intelligence and The MJ, Lord Porter charts his political journey from bolshie school kid to Conservative peer leading the Local Government Association. Heather Jameson reports.
The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
LGA ‘like a dysfunctional 1970s council’
The Local Government Association (LGA) is like a ‘dysfunctional 1970s council,’ according to its chairman, Lord Porter.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Silly’ orders hindering key information sharing
Councils are struggling to share key information with NHS trusts and Whitehall because guidance on secure email is being interpreted in a ‘silly’ fashion, The MJ has learned.
Time to get an honest act together
Some councils with unsustainable budgets are generously funded while others with sound financial management are poorly funded. For too many in local government it is the truth that dare not speak its name, writes John Sinnott.
LGA lending support to rates avoidance issue
Ministers have agreed to work with the Local Government Association (LGA) to reduce business rates avoidance.
Whitehall to improve homelessness stats
The Government has pledged to continue to work with the UK Statistics Authority to make its homelessness statistics as ‘robust and accessible as possible’.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh bed-blocking fine threat looming
Councils are facing a fresh risk of NHS fines for ‘bed-blocking’ as health bodies struggle to hit new Treasury targets to reduce deficits.
Shaping social care markets
Whatever the national funding and policy configuration, commissioners and providers need to reinvent their relationship, write Frank Curran and Catherine Taylor.
MiFID II will have severe implications for pensions investments
Mark Lloyd says the LGA will continue to fight against the FCA's plan to reclassify councils from professional to retail investors - a move that could cost billions in lost investment.
Watering down workforce diversity
A recent report may hinder the way workforce diversity is perceived, writes Claire Fox.
‘Give us powers to over-rule commercial confidentiality’
Councils are demanding powers to over-rule ‘commercial confidentiality’ when scrutinising how private sector providers deliver local services.
Asylum seekers shunted to poorest council areas
Asylum seekers are being housed for £11 each per night under Whitehall’s ‘incredibly parsimonious’ system, leaving councils with little choice over where they are placed, a key sector figure has warned.
Scorn for Bourne’s £1bn
Government figures claiming councils can raise £1bn through the social care precept are massively inflated from the sector’s calculations, it has emerged.
Fighting fraud through collaboration
Fraud is a serious issue for local government. Rachael Tiffen says setting up a sector-led counter fraud standard has proven to be a shining example of collaborative working.
Whitehall may step in over authorities’ commercial deals
The Government may intervene to lower the risks associated with the increased commercial activities of local authorities, it has been suggested.
Sector ‘confident’ FCA will heed warnings on pension reforms
Local government insiders are quietly confident the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will listen to their warnings about the proposed reclassification of council pension funds.
‘Ludicrous’ current council tax situation needs to be tackled
An ex-chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a government-commissioned independent review of council tax to address the ‘ludicrous existing situation’.
LGA vows to act over counties’ concerns
Local Government Association (LGA) chairman, Lord Porter, has promised to act on Conservative county concerns about the way upper-tier interests are represented.