News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group: 9 May 2017

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9 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

Andy Burnham is elected Mayor of Greater Manchester and Steve Rotheram is elected Mayor of Liverpool City Region

New Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham appoints deputies 

Birmingham City Councils signs street fundraising agreement with IoF

Council-owned Bristol Energy aims to be in profit by 2021

Liverpool City Council energy company aims to tackle fuel poverty

Manchester City Council gives green light for Sheppard Robson Manchester labs 

Ealing Council has become the first London borough to house homeless people in recycled shipping containers 

Bury Council give planning permission for 'Lidl of the Future' 

Wolverhampton City Council education 'vision' revealed

Trio of Barnsley projects receive funding from Council

Council co-funds new night-time bus service in Cheshire West & Chester

Haringey Council draw up plans to ban smoking in pub beer gardens

Oldham Council is an energy efficiency champion 

Council assesses new Leeds city centre development proposals at former Tetley’s brewery site

Community groups offered a slice of £100,000 Southampton City Council grants 

Brent Council has given the go-ahead for the construction of 236 new homes in South Kilburn

National news

Matthew Taylor argues Mayors must act fast to set out individual visions (£)

Brexit will 'stall' City, says Goldman Sachs chief

Jean-Claude Juncker says English is 'losing importance' after Brexit as EU launches fresh bid to strip City of euro trade (£)

Record number of UK care homes declared insolvent 

Half of girls in some areas missing out on cancer jab (£)

Two in three are hit by mental health problems 

UK must get tough on childhood obesity, says top doctors

UK house prices in first quarterly fall since 2012

Poverty risk for 50,000 low-income households at lower benefit cap

UK clean air strategy: Government to publish draft proposals

Diesel car sales slump as drivers fear emission fees (£)

Fly-tipping epidemic costs taxpayers £600 million a year (£)

Broadband crackdown as providers warned at least half of customers must receive advertised speeds

News from Wales

Labour keeps control in Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Flintshire

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn’s statement on the local election results 

Jeremy Corbyn responds to Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Downing Street

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at a rally in Leicester

Emily Thornberry responds to reports the Tories are planning a vote on Syria if re-elected

‘Labour to halt the Tories hospital closure plan’ -  Jonathan Ashworth

‘Labour’s new manifesto ambition to make Britain’s children the healthiest in the world’ says Jonathan Ashworth

‘Even Theresa May’s own backbenchers realise her approach to school funding is an exercise in moving inadequate sums of money around’ - Angela Rayner

‘Nonsense from a Tory campaign that’s all slogan and no substance’ – 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

In light 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.

Ten point plan to boost local services – local government sets out key manifesto asks

LGA responds to broadband speeds advertising consultation

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 your 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

UK-EU relations hit new low as Theresa May viciously attacks European politicians

Tories to keep 'tens of thousands' target

UKIP is 'done' after terrible local elections results, says Douglas Carswell

Tory Candidate claims she 'healed' deaf man's hearing with the power of prayer

Tory candidate caught 'sneering' at working class locals for drinking coffee

Tim Farron admits he had Thatcher poster in his childhood bedroom

Lib Dem candidate drops out of race because she’s ‘moving house’ during the election

Nigel Farage endorses far-right Marine Le Pen to be French president

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 Jeffery (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.


Local elections 2017: a full list of results can be found here and a map of the results can be found here.

There are two by-elections taking place on 11 May 2017:

South Derbyshire DC, Woodville
Kings Lynn & West Norfolk BC, Fairstead