News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 31 January 2017

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31 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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*Last chance to book for 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. 

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 in Coventry.

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

Please note we are only able to take online bookings.

Onsite accommodation is no longer available, but the venue is a short distance from Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.


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

Blackpool conference centre gets £25million go-ahead

Liverpool has become the UK's first "Heritage Role Model"

Corby Council takes over innovation hub

Bury Council recognised as top ‘equal' employer

Empty council buildings may be used to shelter homeless in Brighton and Hove 

Southwark leads the way in London as a Top 100 apprenticeship employer

Leeds city centre anti-terrorism measures installed

£200 million South Shields scheme moves forward as call-out is made for development site partners

Birmingham Council teams up with partners to provide a new funding stream for local businesses

Rochdale Council's lowest-paid staff set to get living wage increase

Chelsea FC get a green light from Hammersmith & Fulham Council to build their new stadium 

Durham County Council leader Simon Henig calls for Brexit deal to be speeded up


Cllr Alice Perry's January NEC Report




National news

Supreme Court says Parliament must give Article 50 go-ahead

Theresa May and Donald Trump hold their first joint press conference, as the Prime Minister feels the heat over Trumps travel ban

"It's a crisis indeed when the social care rebels are Tories" – Polly Toynbee

David Cameron calls for more spending on dementia research (£)

NHS spending per person will be cut next year, ministers confirm

NHS bosses want to force patients into care homes (£)

New analysis reveals that five families are made homeless every hour

School budgets near breaking point, say head teachers as Treasury takes back £384m school funding

Grammar schools 'may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year'

Term-time holiday fines are under review in some areas

Sex education could become compulsory in schools to protect children against pornography and sexting


One in 10 nursery schools in England face closure within months

News from Wales

£1.2bn city deal backed by Cardiff council 

Bridgend Council praised for championing inclusive sport


Flintshire Council set to launch new community transport service

News from the Labour Party

Copeland by-election
The Campaign Centre can be found at Labour Copeland Campaign Centre, Phoenix Court, Earl Street, Cleator Moor, CA25 5AU, and is open from 9.30am – 7.30pm, seven days a week. There is a free car park directly opposite the building. Click here to find the Campaign Centre on googlemaps. 

Stoke Central by-election
The Campaign Centre can be found at GMB Stoke Office, Hillcrest House, Garth Street, Hanley, ST1 2AB – see here for a map. The nearest train station is Stoke-on-Trent. Details on the latest campaign session can be found here. 

Labour tables targeted amendments to Article 50 Bill

Jeremy Corbyn MP responds to Theresa May's visit to the USA and calls from Donald Trump's state visit to be postponed

‘The Government has today been forced by the Supreme Court to accept the sovereignty of Parliament' – Jeremy Corbyn MP

‘After six wasted years of Tory failure on the economy, it seems that under Philip Hammond it is only going to get worse' – John McDonnell MP

‘This is a significant and welcome U-turn from the Prime Minister' – Keir Starmer MP

Teresa Pearce MP argues that ‘You simply cannot empower local government if you impoverish it'

‘The number of people forced to sleep rough on our streets is spiralling' – John Healey MP

Jonathan Ashworth MP says that ‘Urgent action is required' as Theresa May's NHS Crisis continues

‘Steering the economy through the turbulent times ahead is going to require the Government to be much bolder' – Clive Lewis MP


It is deeply depressing that the Tories have chosen to take money away from schools like this – Angela Rayner MP



News from the LGA


LGA responds to research from ASH on cost of smoking to social care


Lorry drivers must use commercial satnavs, say councils, after new catalogue of chaos



Government funding measures leave two thirds of councils worse off in 2017/18, LGA warns


Rethink job centres to help more unemployed



LGA response to the review on drug misuse treatment


LGA responds to new Sport England survey about sport and physical activity


LGA response to family and childcare trust report


LGA responds to carers trust survey of young carers


LGA responds to new homeless statistics


LGA responds to analysis of care home funding shortfall



Flooding - LGA responds to EFRA committee update on future of flood prevention report





LGA & CIPFA Fraud Workshops

With money never having been so tight, protecting the public purse is more important than ever. Through the improvement programme the LGA have funded CIPFA to run a series of FREE workshops around the country for elected members to raise awareness on what councils should be doing to avoid and tackle fraud.

These events will be of particular interest to Chairs and Members of Audit and Scrutiny Committees and Finance Portfolio Holders but are of general interest and available to all elected members. The workshops are listed below together with the links to the bookings website:

London 6 February: book here 

Bristol 15 February: book here

Manchester 23 February: book here

London 27 February: book here

Opposition Watch


Theresa May vows to cosy up to Donald Trump as she says that ‘sometimes opposites attract'

Plymouth UKIP leader wants to scrap bin collections altogether

Stoke Central UKIP candidate Paul Nuttall argues for more NHS privatisation

Northamptonshire County Council forces sick and disabled forced ‘to pay for own care assessments'

Tory Councillor who posted offensive remarks about Jo Cox says ‘if people don't like it, they can get stuffed' 

Tory Councillor Resigns after Making Lewd Remarks to Fox Hunting Protester


There were no by elections on 26 January 2017.

There are 2 by elections taking place on 2 February 2017:

Rotherham MB, Brinsworth & Catcliffe
Rotherham MB, Dinnington




1 February 2017