News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 3 January 2017

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3 January 2017

Cllr Nick Forbes

News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group

Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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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.

To book your attendance, please visit our dedicated webpage: conference booking page

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 for further information.

News from Local Labour

Newcastle winter carnival parade 'attracts 40,000 visitors'

Thousands of people gathered to watch fireworks and a spectacular opening installation to launch Hull's year as the UK's City of Culture.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has ruled out council tax referendum


new school and more than 1,500 homes are planned in Knowsley for what is being called ‘one of the biggest residential developments' on Merseyside.

Barnsley Council has launched a campaign to tackle fuel poverty

Sheffield City Council targets rogue landlords after highest ever number of convictions.

Brighton and Hove special schools to take children from 2 years old.

Congratulations to Mayor Ros Jones, of Doncaster Council, who is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to local government. 


For the full honours listing, please visit




National news

Concern over 'affordable' starter homes that will cost up to £450,000.

The number of private renters being made homeless is at a near-record high and has more than trebled since 2010.

The Smith Institute has published with Genesis housing association a new report examining housing affordability in London.

More than 2.3 million families are living in fuel poverty in England.

Andy Burnham has said A third of councils in England are facing cuts in government funding and may have to reduce spending on social care.

The cost of caring for a rapidly ageing population will tip Britain's social care service into an unsustainable crisis by 2030, according to a report by the IPPR.


Voters in local elections will be required to show ID in anti-fraud trials.

News from Wales

Swansea council to scrap child burial fees after campaign.


Library and leisure staff back new delivery plan in Flintshire.

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn's New Year message. Or the transcript can be found here


Tory cuts to Corporation Tax, worth £15 billion, is the equivalent cost of employing 10,000 teachers, 10,000 police officers and 12,000 nurses. - John McDonnell.



News from the LGA


Brexit place-based impact update – replies to DCLG commission


Call for information
On 10 November 2016 the LGA emailed the chief executives and leaders of every council with a call for information on the place-based impact of Brexit, based on a commission the LGA received from DCLG. If your authority hasn't responded there is still time to do so.  

LGA responds to Government starter homes announcement

New Year's Eve revellers warned to avoid dangerous fake alcohol


School improvement at risk - LGA


Devolve funding to increase building and job creation


LGA responds to children's commissioner's study on young carers


Candle fire deaths treble in two years, fire authorities and councils warn


Loneliness is not just for Christmas - warn councils


Councils are fully prepared for Storm Barbara



Proportion of 25-year-old homeowners halved in 20 years



Opposition Watch


A UKIP party adviser has admitted posing as an international money launderer on the "dark web," aiming to rip off criminals in Phoenix.


There were 3 by-elections held on 21 and 22 December: 

Dover DC, Aylesham
Labour 460 [61.9%; -6.4%]
Conservative 283 [38.1%;+38.1%]
[UKIP [0.0%; -31.6%]]
Labour Hold

Eastleigh BC, Hedge End Wildern
LD 672 [64.5%; +22.5%]
Conservative 263 [25.2%; -2.4%]
Labour 107 [10.3%; -1.7%]
[UKIP [0.0%; -13.9%]]
[Independent [0.0%; -4.5%]]
LD Hold

Waverley BC, Cranleigh West
Conservative 337 [58.7%; +2.9%]
LD 187 [29.1; -1.0%]
UKIP 78 [12.1%; +12.1%]
[Labour [0.0%; -14.1%]]
Conservative Hold

There are no by elections taking place this week



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3 January 2017