News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group: 4 April 2017

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4 April 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

Durham County Council announces £20 million investment programme 

Steve Rotheram MP – ‘I’ll put Liverpool at the centre of the Northern powerhouse’ 

Blackpool receives £2.9 million from Coastal Communities Fund to add to new conference centre budget

Nottingham Council tenants to get Hyperoptic broadband 

Southampton will be powered by clean energy by 2040, says Cllr Simon Letts

New tech development given green light by Manchester City Council

New Bristol city centre road layout opens to traffic 

Children's Services in Wolverhampton have been judged to be "Good" by Ofsted and is ranked in the top 20 per cent nationally

New park funded by Nottinghamshire County council and WREN hopes to encourage more children to exercise and get outdoors

Islington, Newham and Camden Councils are three of four London councils to issue fines to Rogue Landlords

Oldham Council to lead new European community energy project 

Camden unveils open data platform as the council makes 300 datasets available for app developers

Labour Councils praised for signing up to Unison’s ‘Ethical Care Charter’ in new CLG Committee Report

National news

UK sets out plans to replace all EU laws as Theresa May triggers Article 50

EU sets out 'phased' Brexit strategy

Nicola Sturgeon makes formal request for a second Scottish independence referendum

Surge in child refugees trying to reach UK

Communities provide the best solutions to their own problems

Households across England face 4 per cent council tax rise to help fund social care (£)

Children in northern England being failed by educational divide, study finds

More than half of schools forced to increase class sizes as a result of underfunding

Councils face business rates cash crisis (£)

Google paid £36 million in tax on UK revenues of £1 billion, reports show

‘Better-off’ cashing in on Help to Buy scheme, research finds

Benefit changes 'could push 200,000 children into poverty'

Big brands must cut sugar by 20 per cent, health chiefs insist (£)

News from Wales

Plans for 6,000 homes in a new £2 billion Cardiff 'garden village' have been approved

Newport council to bid for £8 million lottery funding for Transporter Bridge

Swansea Council and Arts Council of Wales supported International Jazz Festival will return this summer

News from the Labour Party

The campaign to elect Labour candidate Afzal Khan is underway in Manchester Gorton. Their campaign office is located at Greatledge Printers, Pink Bank Lane, Longsight, Manchester, M12 5GH and is open every day. Trains run regularly into Manchester and there is plenty of parking in the centre itself.

Jeremy Corbyn MP gave a statement to the House on the triggering of Article 50 

‘For too long the bus industry has put profit before passengers. Labour will change that’ – Jeremy Corbyn MP

‘This April the Tories are taking working families for fools’ – John McDonnell MP 

John McDonnell MP responds to news of Google’s tax bill only amounting to £36.4 million

Teresa Pearce MP responds to NAO Report on 100 per cent business rate retention scheme 

Barbara Keeley MP responds to CLG Select Committee social care report 

Inflammatory comments like those made by Michael Howard will not help Britain get what it needs from Brexit negotiations’ – Emily Thornberry MP

Labour questions legal basis for abandoning NHS treatment targets – Jonathan Ashworth MP "

‘Sadly this is not an isolated incident but part of a sustained increase in hate crimes that this Tory Government is yet to offer any effective response to’ – Diane Abbott MP

Housing, Local Government and Transport policy commission consultation

The Labour party has published eight consultation documents, including on Housing, Local Government and Transport and they want to hear from as many councillors as possible.

The consultation is open until Wednesday 31 May 2017. All the submission they receive will go to the appropriate policy commission who will consider your ideas before rewriting the documents ahead of a summer meeting of the National Policy Forum on the weekend of the 1 & 2 July 2017.

The consultation documents can be found at

The best and easiest way to send in your ideas and join the discussion is via our online home of policy making:

The website also includes details of your local NPF representatives and your elected officials representatives who are there to represent you in the Agenda 2020 process.

News from the LGA

Councils respond to Government rules over how to spend extra £2 billion social care funding 

LGA responds to NHS delivery plan 

LGA responds to CLG Select Committee report into adult social care 

Brexit: councils respond to Great Repeal Bill White Paper 

Children with special needs at risk of being turned away by schools – warn councils

LGA responds to BMJ report about public health budgets

LGA responds to NAO report on business rates

LGA responds to Alarm roads survey 2017  

News from other organisations

Unison’s latest report on ‘What’s happening to Exit Payments in the public sector?

GMB is supporting the campaign group We Own It and LocalGov’s efforts to highlight good examples of publically run local services with their Local Public Ownership Awards

Opposition Watch

‘Theresa May would go to war to protect Gibraltar’, Michael Howard says

UKIP AM Michelle Brown faces deselection over 'misconduct' 

Tory politician declared bankrupt after £80,000 legal bill for slapping her rival

Liberal Democrat Councillor suspended from group for 18 months over claims leader was 'courting UKIP'

Mayor of Watford pictured canvassing at her own front door on Liberal Democrat election leaflets


There were no by-elections on 30 March 2017

There are four by-elections taking place on 6 April 2017:
Bath and North East Somerset UA, Walcot
Aylesbury Vale DC, Elmhurst
Calderdale MB, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe
Tendring DC, St James