News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group: 3 May 2017

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3 May 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

Good luck to all our candidates standing in the local elections on 4 May 2017.

Newcastle Council to host HSBC UK City Ride

Labour councils praised in the ‘Rise of the local authority energy companies

''Southern Accelerator' will make Greater Brighton even greater,' writes Cllr Warren Morgan

Camden Council adopts new anti-Semitism definition

Bristol City Council will build 3,000 new housing association homes to help solve city's housing crisis

Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens reopens to the public as huge overhaul is completed

Bolton Council see a 30 per cent drop in fly-tipping 

Sport Blackpool launches new leisure app

Croydon Council approves first batch of new council housing 

Birmingham City Council offer free outdoor activities with Parklives return

Cllr Peter Box opens Wakefield’s £33 million relief road

National news

UK economy grows by 0.3% as service sector slows 

UK 'will not enter into briefing war' with European Commission

Better Care Fund failed to ease care crisis and was 'little more than a ruse'

UK to take 130 more lone refugee children in Dubs scheme climbdown

School cutbacks put 'education system at risk' 

Schools cutting mental health services to plug funding gaps, warn MPs

MPs question government's 'grip' on new school places 

'Bank of mum and dad' to lend £6.5 billion this year, report predicts

NSPCC demands action against social media firms (£)

News from Wales

Plans to build up to 200 new homes in Neath Port Talbot are under way

Cardiff council wants Channel 4 to move its headquarters to the city

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech - Stepping up for Britain 

Jeremy Corbyn speech to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) conference

John McDonnell’s speech to May Day rally at Trafalgar Square

Today’s GDP figures reveal the threat to living standards under the Tories – John McDonnell

Labour pledges ‘consumer rights revolution’ for renters as it reveals £800 million a month in rent going to bad landlords

Theresa May’s rigid and complacent approach to Brexit negotiations risks leading Britain over a cliff edge – Keir Starmer

Labour will put 10,000 more police on the streets to cut crime

The next Labour government will transform the workplace 

Labour is calling on Theresa May to come out of hiding and face the public 

The Tory Government has failed to invest in the North 

The message of 1997 is as relevant today as it was then: we need people to vote for change, to vote for Labour – Andrew Gwynne

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 submissions 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 and 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 who are there to represent you in the Agenda 2020 process.

News from the LGA

Ahead of the General Election, we’ve been working hard on your behalf with the Labour policy team who are drafting the manifesto. We have written to them, to set out the key policy pledges that we want the manifesto to commit to. We have also published a briefing that sets out the key commitments we want adopted in order to help all parts of local government better support our communities and deliver on the challenges facing the nation. If you have any key figures from the Party in your patch hopefully you'll be able to restate our lines in your discussions with them.

LGA responds to Fawcett Society report on gender equality in local government

LGA responds to King’s Fund report on HIV

Prevention Matters and Health in all Policies Workshop Training
26 June 2017, CCT Venues, St Johns Street, Farringdon: Agenda

The LGA’s Care and Health Improvement Programme has developed a sector-led improvement offer to support councils with prevention and early intervention. There are two core ‘products’ as part of this offer:

  1. Prevention Matters: a one-day workshop for elected members covering health inequalities, prevention and the role of the council
  2. Health in all Policies support: a one-day workshop designed to help councils reflect on how well embedded health improvement considerations are within their policies and service plans. 

We are running a training event to brief member peers to help us deliver these new elements of the programme. Read the recent Health in all Policies publication as background to this support.

To register you interest, please contact Kate Biddlecombe - -  who will be in touch with further information.

New Conversations Political Leadership Masterclass

An exciting (and free!) new masterclass that will help you engage and consult with residents in an effective and creative way. 

If you find yourself asking “how do we effectively engage at a time when resources are scarce?”, “how do we build and maintain trust when difficult decisions are being taken?”, “what are the legal pitfalls that need to be navigated during a period of unprecedented reform?”, this programme is for you.

This practical, one-day masterclass will bring the new LGA New Conversations Guide  to life. You’ll learn tips and tools to help build a stronger dialogue between your council and residents.  We’ll share with you creative engagement approaches to build two-way relationships with your communities, including co-production, crowdsourcing, events and public meetings. 

At the end of this masterclass, you will have:

  • been introduced to useful tools, which can be used immediately in your role as councillor
  • shared and heard best practice from across the sector
  • taken part in action learning and considered your next steps on how to engage and consult like an expert.

New Conversations Masterclass 1
Thursday 20 July 2017
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

New Conversations Masterclass 2 
Friday 13 October 2017
Local Government House, Smith Square, London

New Conversations Masterclass 3
Friday 10 November 2017
Metro Hotel, Leeds

Please contact for more information or to book.

Opposition Watch

Theresa May's doorstep campaign falls flat as no one answers the door to her during a street visit in Scotland

Tory MP Andrew Turner Steps Down after saying "Homosexuality Was Wrong And Bad For Society2

Conservative party ignored police requests to hand over internal bullying report

Councillor who renovated 14th century property without planning permission taken to court after appearing on Channel 4 show

External organisations

Co-operative Party Local Government Conference
‘Not waiting for Whitehall’

  • Where: IET Austin Court, Central Birmingham
  • When: Saturday 24 June, 9:30-17:00
  • Cost: £10 including lunch and drinks

The conference will hear bring together key voices in Local Government to discuss key issues such as housing and education.

Currently confirmed speakers include:

  • Jim McMahon MP, (Shadow Minister Communities and Local Government and former Leader of Oldham Council)
  • Cllr Sue Jeffrey (Labour & Co-op Metro Mayor Candidate Tees Valley and Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council)
  • Rt Hon John Healey MP (Shadow Housing Minister) 

With more to follow in the weeks ahead.

As you know we have been busy working to develop and promote innovative community wealth models, fair tax campaigns and co-operative development through the year.

We want to hear from you, gather your views and experiences so we continue to strengthen our work and support you as Councillors and co-operators.

Join us for the day in June and help us shape our next twelve months of work supporting you.


There were no by-elections on 27 April 2017.

In addition to the local elections this week, there are a number of by-elections. A local elections summary will be in next week’s bulletin.