Local Government Association

No crying wolf

Caroline Flint MP  |  7 February 2017

A long-term consensus on social care would be an achievement – not a betrayal, argues Caroline Flint Labour and the National Health Service go  together like bread and jam. It is part of our identity and a great illustration of our values. After all, Labour founded the NHS, rooted its principles in the heart of our political system, and is responsible for …

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The art of the possible

Jonathon Hawkes  |  26 October 2016

It has taken a while for Labour local government to be properly recognised by the party nationally. While there is still much work to be done, the efforts of Labour LGA under the leadership of Nick Forbes and the brilliant Jim McMahon before him, mean that the argument is finally being heard that to win …

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We need to open our ears

Tristram Hunt MP  |  12 February 2016

You may not know it, and it often does not feel like it, but in at least one political sphere we are living through something of a golden age for the Labour party. At a local level, and across whole swaths of the country, Labour is in power and thriving, blessed with an outstanding generation …

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Inspiring the change: What can the next government learn from Labour in town halls? at Labour local government conference

Josh Newlove  |  7 February 2015

Inspiring the change: What can the next government learn from Labour in town halls? at at Labour local government conference 2pm, Saturday 7 February 2015 East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ Steve Reed MP Member of parliament for Croydon North Claire Kober Leader of Haringey council Michael Payne Deputy leader of Gedling council, parliamentary candidate for Newark Paul Brant Progress strategy board …

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This is no way to run a country

Jim McMahon MP  |  28 January 2015

The public accounts committee report published today, Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014, is shocking, but sadly not surprising. Their evidence reveals not just the impact of funding cuts on the financial sustainability of local government, but the scale of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s negligence through their inadequate understanding of the implications …

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Radical Localism: Untying the apron-strings

Sharon Taylor  |  17 September 2014

Every local community is unique. Each and every one has a complex set of needs which can best be understood by people who work, live and maybe even have grown up in the place they represent, as I have in Stevenage. As councillors, this is what makes us unique. And this local knowledge is the …

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Gaining power to give it away

Jim McMahon MP  |  24 July 2014

The general election is now less than eight months away and as the political battlelines are being drawn Labour is defining a new message: gaining power to give it away. The period since the last general election has been interesting. With unprecedented cuts targeted at Labour councils it would have been understandable if those same …

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Under Pressure: A progressive future for local government

Albert Bore  |  16 May 2014

The recent Local Government Association report Under Pressure highlights the scale of the crisis facing local government in 2015 and beyond, revealing that 60 per cent of councils say they will not be able to cover their budget gap next year without cuts to frontline services. We have reached the point when the cuts are …

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An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pension

Mark Rusling  |  13 March 2014

Among the news this week, you might have missed one seemingly unimportant piece. Eric Pickles’ department has decided that English councillors, GLA members and the mayor of London will be forced to leave the local government pension scheme from May. Unlike members of parliament and, bizarrely, police and crime commissioners, councillors are deemed by Pickles …

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Governing Britain: Power, Politics and the Prime Minister

Greg Rosen  |  24 February 2014

Patrick Diamond’s excellent book is a fascinating account of New Labour’s approach to government written by one of those at the heart of Tony Blair’s governing ‘project’. Diamond’s account is both perceptive and informed, interweaving his own experience as a departmental special adviser and in Downing Street with the fruits of extensive confidential interviews with …

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