The LGA's response to last week's local government settlement can be read here
Cllr Nick Forbes discussed the settlement on BBC News, Sky News, ITV News and BBC Radio 5 Live. He said the Government had "missed an opportunity" to properly fund social care and had simply "kicked the can down the road a bit" - read Here
The guardian also spoke to Nick and a number of Labour MPs on what the settlement means for the social care crisis, read here
Jeremy Corbyn MP has written to the Prime Minister regarding the deepening crisis in social care, text of letter can be found here
Labour Local Government Conference 2017
The Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) and LGA Labour Group Local Government Conference 2017.
The event is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss a range of policy relevant to local government. In addition to keynote speakers and plenary sessions, there will be a series of policy and campaigning workshops. As well speakers from across local government, Rt. Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP is confirmed to speak and other members of the front bench team will be invited.
The details are:
Friday 17 February 2017, 19.30 – 22.30 Drinks reception and dinner
Saturday 18 February 2017, 10.00 – 17.00 Local Government Conference
The conference will be held at a new venue at Warwick University Conference Centre.
Please note we are only able to take online bookings.
We are pleased to be able to tell you that we have a number of rooms on hold at Warwick University Conference Centre, adjacent to the conference venue on a first come first served basis.Details of which and how to book are available on the Warwick Conferences' dedicated webpage: accommodation booking page
Time is running out to book accommodation at the venue.
Please note rooms not booked by 3 January 2017 will be released by the venue.Book now to avoid disappointment.
If you are a new councillor, i.e. elected for the first time in May 2016 or since in a by-election, you are entitled to a free conference pass and you should have received an email from the ALC with how to book your place. If you have any queries please email email@example.com for further information.
News from Local Labour
Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, has responded to the Prime Minister's scurrilous attack on their council regarding adult social care. Read his letter here
There were 6 by-elections held on Thursday 15 December:
Powys CC, Welshpool Llanerchydol Lab 100 Ind 56 LD Folkert Veenstra 30 Labour HOLD
St Edmundsbury BC, Moreton Hall Independent 550 [56.0%, +22.4] Conservative 213 [21.7%, -22.1] LD 102 [10.4%, +10.4] Labour 71 [7.2%, -15.4] UKIP 47 [4.8%, +4.8] Independent gain from Conservative
Taunton Deane BC, Blackdown LD 440 [71.25, +49.9%] Conservatives 139 [22.5%, -30.4%] Independent 39 [6.3%, -8.7%] Lib Dem gain from Conservative
Teignbridge DC, Chudleigh LD 680 [51.9%, +38.8] Conservatives 470 [35.4%, +2.8] UKIP 89 [6.7%, +6.7%] Labour 81 [6.1%, -8.8%] Lib Dem gain from Conservatives
Blackburn with Darwen UA, Higher Croft Labour 435 [58.2%, -15.7%] UKIP 187 [25.0%, +25.0%] Conservatives 125 [16.7%, -9.4%] Majority 248 Turnout Labour HOLD
Teignbridge DC, Bovey LD 838 [43.9%, +20.3] Conservative 631 [33.1%, -4.2] Independent 169 [8.9%, -1.5] Labour 103 [5.4%, -7.4] UKIP 98 [5.1%, +5.1] Independent 68 [3.6%, +3.6] Lib Dem gain from Conservatives
There are 3 by elections taking place this week Waverley BC, Cranleigh West – 21st December 2016 Eastleigh BC, Hedge End Wildern – 22nd December 2016 Dover DC, Aylesham – 22nd December 2016
See you in 2017
This is the last of our weekly newsletters for this year. We hope you have found them useful and informative. If you have stories from your local council that you would like us to feature, please do get in touch. We are also looking for letters from Councillors to submit to First magazine, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contributions.
Finally, from all of us in the Labour Group office, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Contact us LGA Labour Group Layden House 76-86 Turnmill Street London EC1M 5LG