News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group: 11 April 2017

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11 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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LGA Labour Annual Report 2017

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News from Local Labour

Telford and Wrekin Council has launched Switch Telford, its own energy price comparison and switching website, in partnership with Ofgem accredited UK Power.

New CCTV cameras have been rolled out across Lambeth with the sole aim of catching and deterring fly-tippers.

Bradford Council has awarded funding to local communities to help them to put on events and activities to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire coming to the district and Stage 3 starting in City Park.

Blackpool is gearing up for another busy season and the resort will once again host an outstanding programme of award-winning events.

Islington Council is protecting Council Tax Support payments for working families – a move that will prevent many families losing more than £150 a year.

Oldham Council and Oldham College launch ground breaking horticultural apprenticeship scheme.

Camden Council leader, Sarah Hayward, has announced that she is stepping down after five years as leader.  And will also stand down as a councillor in King’s Cross at next year’s borough-wide elections.

Profile of Lesley Mansell: Labour’s candidate for the West of England Metro Mayor. 

National news

A third of Sure Start children’s centres in England lost, says Labour.

Tory tax changes and benefits freeze mean struggling families forced to fund new handout for the rich argues Rachel Reeves MP.

Growing numbers of councils outside London are housing homeless families miles away, an investigation by the Guardian has found.

Long-serving Newcastle councillor and former Chair of the Labour NEC, Lord Jeremy Beecham says Labour remains a "strong force" for good in local government.

More people will become ill as a direct result of the Government cutting spending on public health, which will put the NHS under further strain, a parliamentary report warns.

The Government’s proposed new National Funding Formula for schools will disproportionately affect more deprived areas, according to analysis undertaken by the Labour Party.

More than five times as many asylum seekers live in the poorest third of the country as in the richest third, according to a Guardian analysis, which has prompted leading politicians to call for a complete overhaul of the dispersal system.

Pressure on school budgets in England is leading to a narrower secondary curriculum, with teaching posts in some subjects being cut, unions have said.

News from Wales

Changes come into force on Monday 10th April enabling people to keep more of their money when in residential care – fulfilling a key Welsh Government promise.

Local Government Secretary, Mark Drakeford, is calling on the public and everyone involved in local government to have their say on new plans for the way council services are delivered.

News from the Labour Party

Labour would fund free school meals for all primary school children by charging VAT on private school fees.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan strikes landmark deal for 20,000 new homes.

A Labour government would give leaseholders security from rip-off ground rents – John Healey 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

LGA responds to Supreme Court ruling on term-time holidays 

LGA responds to Which? report into poor broadband services 

LGA responds to Institute for Fiscal Studies research on social care spending 

LGA responds to new House of Lords Select Committee report on sustainability of NHS 

LGA responds to call for council licensing committees to be scrapped 

Survey seeking councillor views on their engagement in the development of local Sustainability and Transformation Plans

The LGA is committed to supporting councils to ensure that councillors are fully involved in the future development of STPs and is seeking feedback on their experience so far. Health and Wellbeing Board Chairs, Adult Social Care Portfolio holders and Council Leaders should have received an invite and link to complete this survey. If you are a local councillor and would like to share your experience, the survey can also be accessed here.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey on councillor involvement in the development of your local STP, and the extent to which you feel STPs are addressing local health and wellbeing challenges for your council and communities. Your feedback will help provide an understanding of councillors’ experience and help the LGA to provide the right support to councils and councillors and ensure your views are reflected in the future development of STPs.

The survey will take around ten minutes to complete, and is open until Thursday 27th April 2017 at the latest, when this survey will close. If you have any questions or comments about this survey, please contact

Opposition Watch

Trafford Council bosses accused of 'penalising' disabled youngsters by hiking up school bus fees. 

UKIP leaflet blames NHS crisis on too many women doctors.

Former Tory MP turned UKIP Welsh AM, Mark Reckless, has quit the party and will vote with the Conservative group in the Assembly.

Sean Anstee, Tory candidate for Greater Manchester Metro Mayor, has been accused of “pulling a cheap publicity stunt” by running a marathon to promote his campaign instead of fundraising for charity.

Tory MP, Liam Fox has been criticised for saying the UK has "shared values" with the Philippines as he met the country's president, Rodrigo Duterte, who has boasted of personally killing criminals.


There were 4 by-elections on 6 April 2017

Tendring DC, St James 
Con 371 [47.9%, +12.7%]
UKIP 174 [22.5%, -16.2%]
Lab 116 [15%, -1%]
LD 99 [12.8%, +12.8%]
Grn 15 [1.9%, -]
Con gain from UKIP 

Calderdale MB, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe 
Con 1483 [60.3%, -4.3%]
LD 420 [17.1%, +6.8%]
Lab 407 [16.5%, -0.5%]
Grn 150 [1.9%, -2.0%]
Con hold 

Aylesbury Vale DC, Elmhurst 
LD 785 [63.5%, +37.9%]
Lab 151 [12.2%, -10.0%]
Con 147 [11.9%, -9.3%]
UKIP 111 [9%, -14.4%]
Grn 43 [3.5%, -4.2%]
Lib Dem gain from UKIP 

Bath and North East Somerset UA, Walcot 
LD 750 [48.6%, +11.2%]
Grn 343 [22.2%, +0.4%]
Con 339 [22.0%, -0.5%]
Lab 111 [7.2%, -7.4%]
Lib Dem HOLD 

There are by-elections taking place on 13 April 2017:

West Dorset DC, Piddle Valley 
Middlesbrough UA, Coulby Newham