News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group: 21 March 2017

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21 March 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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News from Local Labour

Blackpool Council has given the green light to a £9m loan for local hospitals.

Cllr Bill Hartnett, leader of Redditch borough council, has been put forward for a National Diversity Award.

Leeds women leading the way in challenging radicalisation and preventing conflict

Cllr Lib Peck has urged Lambeth parents to join the campaign against proposed government cuts to schools’ funding that could leave local schools hundreds of thousands of pounds worse off. 

Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families, blogs about the Fair Futures Commission.

Andy Burnham, Labour’s candidate for Greater Manchester Metro Mayor, has launched his manifesto: Our ambitions for Greater Manchester 

From capturing carbon dioxide for fizzy drinks to reusing industrial heat, Cllr Sue Jeffrey, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council and Labour's candidate for Tees Valley Metro Mayor, on Tees Valley's ambitious plans

Siôn Simon: Labour’s candidate for West Midlands Metro Mayor has said: As mayor I would cap tram and bus fares for a year

The public, politicians and the media must demand a sustainable solution to Britain’s adult social care crisis, argues deputy leader of Bolton council Cllr Linda Thomas.

Britain’s ailing adult social care system needs more than a one-off grant or regressive tax increases to be fit for purpose, writes Progress strategy board member Cllr Paul Brant.

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National news

Charities say that the behaviour of bailiffs is causing "widespread problems" for vulnerable people in financial difficulty.

A report by the King's Fund warns that overworked district nurses are struggling to care for dying patients, with one in seven posts cut in two years.

Theresa May embroiled in fresh Budget controversy over unfunded grammar school places.

The LGA is warning that funding cuts will leave many local authorities unable to meet their legal obligations to schools over issues such as checking staff for criminal records or ensuring buildings are free of asbestos. 

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid was wrong to overturn Lancashire County Council's refusal to allow test drilling at a fracking site near Blackpool, Manchester High Court has been told by residents.

Devolution deals damaged by ‘endless tinkering’ by central government.

More grammar schools are not the answer to improving social mobility and preparing Britain for the future argue, Lucy Powell, Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg. 

Labour MP Dan Jarvis argues that giving everyone access to a good education is key to economic success in the future. 

The number of children in poverty has risen by 100,000 over the past year, new government figures reveal.

Parliament could face scrutinising up to 15 new bills to deliver Brexit, leaving little time for other unrelated legislation, the Institute for Government has warned.

News from Wales

Newport City Council and Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) run a joint grant scheme to help new businesses.

New powers to crack down on a range of anti-social behaviour across the city have been given to City of Cardiff Council officers.

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP, gave a speech in Birmingham ahead of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Wednesday 22nd March.

John McDonnell gave a speech to Labour New Economics Conference, Newcastle – Saturday 18 March 2017 

Jonathan Ashworth: Theresa May is overseeing a collapse in hospital standards – it’s time she sat up and took notice

News from the LGA

LGA responds to BBC Panorama home care investigation

‘Idyllic' countryside masking poor rural health

LGA responds to Local Government Ombudsman's report into school transport

Vital school support services at risk following funding cut

LGA responds to Health Committee report on suicide prevention

98 per cent of authorities opt into PSAA National Auditor Appointment Scheme

LGA responds to Law Commission report on DoLS

LGA responds to campaign for better transport report about bus funding

Opposition Watch

Beverley Nielsen, is the Lib Dem candidate but her leaflets gives three reasons to back her as West Midlands Labour mayor.

More than a dozen Conservative councils have written to the Prime Minister to warn of their alarm at inadequate school funding across the country. 

Arron Banks, a key ally of Nigel Farage, claims he was ditched for saying leader Paul Nuttall "couldn't knock the skin off a rice pudding" 

Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay interviewed under caution over election expenses in South Thanet.  Meanwhile pressure is building on senior Conservatives over their election expenses after leaked emails revealed furious infighting over who is to blame. 

The Electoral Commission has fined the Conservative Party £70,000 over "significant" election campaign expenses issues. 

Ethics committee rules Tory councillor did racially abuse Sri Lankan shopkeeper.


There were 4 by-elections on 16 March 2017: 

Blackpool UA,
Conservative 728 [54.8%; +17.5%]
Labour 468 [35.2%; +6.3%]
UKIP 75 [5.6%; -13.4%]
LD 57 [4.3%; -2.8%]
[Green 0 [0.0%; -7.5%]
Conservative hold

South Ribble BC, Watton-le-Dale
Conservative 359 [49.4%; -5.1%]
Labour 262 [36.0%; -9.4%]
LD 106 [14.6%; +14.6%]
Conservative hold

Newcastle-upon-Tyne MB, South Heaton
Labour 768 [46.8%; -11.8%]
Green 444 [27.1%; +1.7%]
LD 260 [15.9%; +11.5%]
UKIP 88 [5.4%; -1.5%]
Conservative 80 [4.9%; +0.2%]
Labour hold

Breckland DC, Saham
Conservative 335 [48.1%; -2.7%]
LD 105 [15.1%; +15.1%]
Independent 104 [14.9%; +14.9%]
UKIP 80 [11.5%; -20.1%]
Labour 72 [10.3%; +10.3%]
Green 0 [0.0%; -17.5%]
Conservative hold

There are 3 by-elections taking place on 23 March 2017: 

Blackburn with Darwen UA, Higher Croft
Herefordshire UA, Leominster South
West Somerset DC, Dunster & Timberscombe