London Councils

  • Call to boost council housebuilding powers

    16 August 2021

    Housebuilding in London needs to be doubled to meet demand, according to new analysis from London Councils.


  • Facing down a perfect storm of violence

    10 August 2021

    This summer will be one of the most challenging local councils have faced when it comes to bearing down on violent crime and its devastating consequences says Cllr Jas Athwal. He looks at how London boroughs are tackling the issue.


  • Capital's councils in call for tough new powers

    09 July 2021

    Local authorities need tough new powers to combat non-traffic sources of air pollution, the capital’s councils have urged.


  • Coalition calls for reforms to ‘flawed’ apprenticeship levy

    09 July 2021

    The Government has been urged to make urgent reforms to the 'flawed' apprenticeship levy by a coalition by local government and major employers in London.


  • London Councils acting chief to leave

    23 June 2021

    Acting chief executive at London Councils, Dick Sorabji, has announced he will be leaving in search of new challenges.


  • Government warned of 'soaring summer of homelessness'

    15 June 2021

    The Government will fail to fulfil its manifesto commitment of ending rough sleeping for good by 2024 without a cross-Whitehall strategy for reducing homelessness, it has been warned.


  • George Floyd – ‘much more to do’ in London

    25 May 2021

    One year on from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Cllr Muhammed Butt reflects on the progress made on pan-London work to tackle racial inequality and injustice.


  • London's 'triple whammy' risks homelessness crisis

    20 May 2021

    London Councils has warned there is a ‘triple whammy’ of impending risks that threaten to push homelessness to record levels this summer.  


  • London repairs backlog hits 'staggering' £1bn

    19 May 2021

    The cost of the road maintenance backlog on London’s roads has now passed £1bn, according to the fourth annual ‘State of the City’ report from the London Technical Advisers Group (LoTAG).


  • Making ‘build, build, build’ a reality

    17 May 2021

    Having listened to the Queen’s Speech, Cllr Darren Rodwell worries the Government is ‘overly fixated on misguided reforms to the planning system’. He puts forward his policy wish list.


  • London Councils names new chief exec

    28 April 2021

    Southend-on-Sea BC chief executive Alison Griffin has been named as the new chief at London Councils.


  • A legacy in London

    20 April 2021

    John O’Brien is stepping down as chief executive of London Councils after 14 years. Heather Jameson steers one of the most understated people in London government round to talking about his achievements.


  • Partnership approach to COVID enforcement is working in London

    17 March 2021

    Cllr Jas Athwal  takes a look at the progress so far of London boroughs’ joint protocol and partnership agreements with the Metropolitan Police on enforcing COVID restrictions.


  • Casey launches fight against hunger

    08 December 2020

    A coalition of councils and charities, headed by Dame Louise Casey, have launched a campaign to support food charities this winter. 


  • Online sales tax backed by London

    04 November 2020

    The local government sector in the capital has advocated the introduction of an online sales tax (OST).


  • Crisis call for return of Everyone In

    04 November 2020

    The chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has called for ring-fenced funding for councils to provide COVID-safe accommodation for anyone at risk of rough sleeping.


  • A framework for tackling race inequality in London

    28 October 2020

    Cllr Muhammed Butt and Kim Smith examine how London boroughs are working to tackle racial inequality by collaborating on three broad programmes of work, to include better sharing of data around racial inequality and disparities.


  • Stay focused on the longer-term climate ambitions

    28 October 2020

    Remaining focused on the longer-term climate ambitions can be challenging, says John O'Brien - 'but they are ambitions that will often be part of our broader, near term recovery efforts as well'.


  • The challenge of health devolution in London

    15 October 2020

    Dick Sorabji, deputy chief executive of London Councils, charts the progress of health devolution in the capital and considers the next steps forward in light of the COVID-19 pandemic


  • Auditors poised to qualify accounts over SEND

    24 September 2020

    Auditors are poised to qualify some value for money opinions as a result of spiralling special educational needs and disabilities deficits, The MJ understands.