London Councils

  • This is a pivotal moment for ending rough sleeping

    14 December 2021

    The next phase of the pandemic presents a new challenge to rise to – ensuring that we seize every opportunity to end rough sleeping for good, says chief executive of London Councils Alison Griffin.


  • London chiefs in mass exodus

    17 November 2021

    London is facing a mass exodus of its council chief executives with nearly half of the boroughs set to be searching for a new chief.


  • Chancellor’s ‘age of optimism’ doesn’t ring true for council finances

    09 November 2021

    The Spending Review did not bring funding back to anything like 2010 levels and London boroughs are left facing £400m losses over the next two years, says Cllr Darren Rodwell.


  • Councils hit by fund's admin burden

    25 October 2021

    Frustrated councils are bracing themselves for an administration headache as they work out how to dole out the Government’s £500m household support fund.


  • Councils offer almost 1,000 properties in Afghan asylum drive

    25 October 2021

    Councils have offered almost 1,000 properties to support the resettlement and relocation of Afghan citizens and their families, the latest figures have shown.


  • Plugging the net zero funding gap

    20 October 2021

    The UK Climate Change Investment Commission is developing a radical place-based offer to private finance, says Alison Griffin - and it estimates in the core cities and London boroughs alone there is potential for up to £500m worth of investment.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Questions over taskforce purpose

    19 October 2021

    Local government associations have called for ministers to define the purpose of a new taskforce ahead of April’s launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), The MJ understands.


  • Councils need funding certainty

    05 October 2021

    London’s local services face pressures of up to £2bn over the Spending Review period, says Cllr Darren Rodwell. The chancellor must empower councils to tackle the most momentous challenges we face today, he argues.


  • Families under pressure

    27 September 2021

    As energy and food costs soar and pandemic financial support comes to an end, Chris Mahony asks what impact the pressures on low income families will have on stretched local authorities.


  • 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.