Local Government Association

  • Social housing paper dismissed as 'small step'

    14 August 2018

    The Government’s long-awaited social housing Green Paper has been dismissed as a ‘small step’ towards improvement by the Conservative-led Local Government Association.

  • Councils resist peer challenge offer

    13 August 2018

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is facing resistance as it struggles to persuade reluctant councils to undergo a corporate peer challenge.

  • A green paper for change

    08 August 2018

    The delay in providing a strategy for social care and wellbeing is impacting not just the care sector, but other key services around the country. To promote discussion the LGA has produced its own green paper looking beyond social care, as Izzi Seccombe explains.

  • Peace offerings in wake of reorganisation divisions

    07 August 2018

    Olive branches have been offered up in two areas where relationships have been strained by local government reorganisation.

  • Officers push for CPO reforms

    07 August 2018

    Council officers are pushing for reforms to the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) regime, claiming caps on land values would speed up the delivery of new housebuilding.

  • Done for battery?

    06 August 2018

    When your local police and crime commissioner (PCC) contacts you to discuss charges, usually you’d be in a spot of bother.

  • LGA in Brexit uncertainty warning

    01 August 2018

    The uncertainty surrounding the potential practical implications of Brexit is becoming of increasing concern to councils as March 2019 draws ever closer, a Local Government Association (LGA) report has warned.

  • Better Care Fund stand-off continues

    27 July 2018

    The stand-off between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Better Care Fund (BCF) officials will continue after Smith Square refused to endorse the latest guidance.

  • Leadership should be more visible - peers

    26 July 2018

    Gloucestershire CC’s senior political and managerial leadership should be ‘more visibly seen by stakeholders,’ Local Government Association peers have recommended.

  • Peers suggest senior management restructure

    25 July 2018

    Local Government Association peers have suggested there is an ‘opportunity to rethink’ Shropshire Council’s senior management structure.

  • Complaints increase while satisfaction drops

    25 July 2018

    Complaints to the ombudsman have increased by 3.5% while Smith Square data has revealed the lowest level of residents’ satisfaction with councils since polling began.

  • Districts push back against county unitary plans

    24 July 2018

    Districts have pushed back against county council plans for local government reorganisation.

  • Councils warn of no deal Brexit risks

    24 July 2018

    A no deal Brexit would leave councils struggling with new checks on EU imports and without access to billions of pounds, Smith Square has warned.

  • MHCLG to consider financial sustainability ahead of Spending Review

    23 July 2018

    Marsham Street will embed its local authority sustainability tool in its preparations for next year’s Spending Review.

  • Simon Stevens outlines 'opportunity to review' Better Care Fund

    20 July 2018

    The social care green paper and NHS’ 10-year plan provides an ‘opportunity to review’ the Better Care Fund (BCF), NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested.

  • Zurich questions indemnity mutual

    19 July 2018

    A major local government insurer has welcomed the sector’s plans for a new mutual but questioned the need for the move.

  • Sunak: Some councils will be unhappy after fair funding

    17 July 2018

    Local government minister Rishi Sunak has said he ‘cannot guarantee’ all councils will be happy after the fair funding review.

  • Whitehall reassurance on local industrial strategies

    16 July 2018

    Senior civil servants have pledged that local industrial strategies will be rolled out everywhere by 2021, The MJ understands.

  • LGA in Universal Credit plea

    16 July 2018

    Smith Square has urged ministers to work closer with councils to ease financial uncertainties households face during the transition to Universal Credit (UC).

  • County chiefs show red to traffic light ratings

    16 July 2018

    County council chief executives have broken cover to warn that plans for a traffic light-style financial resilience rating system ‘risk over-simplifying complex issues’.