News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 11 July 2017

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11 July  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 Conference

Responding to Sajid Javid’s speech to LGA Conference, Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the LGA Labour Group, said: “There was a palpable sense of anger in the room and it went down like a bucket of cold sick."

In his speech to LGA Conference Shadow Local Government Secretary, Andrew Gwynne MP, said Javid, the Communities Secretary, had been wrong and it was the Government that has a lot to answer for as he slammed the 40% budget cut some local authorities had faced. 

This is the full text of Andrew Gwynne MP’s speech to the Local Government Association Conference. Or the speech can be viewed here.

The conference held a plenary session on leading communities through crisis with Cllr Peter John, Leader, Southwark; Cllr Richard Watts, Leader, Islington; and Cllr Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader, Manchester speaking which can be viewed here.

At the conference the LGA launched the paper, Growing places: building local public services for the future which sets out how local government stands ready to meet the challenges of a changing world - and lays out the resources and shifts in thinking that will be needed to make this happen.

Next Generation Programme

The Next Generation Programme for 2017-18 opens today for applications. The programme offers ambitious and talented councillors an unparalleled political development opportunity, uniquely developed within party political traditions and with party political experts. Next Generation aims to support and encourage councillors to be bold and confident political leaders, progress in your political career and be champions of local government.

To apply to be part of the Next Generation you will need to have been a councillor for at least one year as well as be a Group Leader, Portfolio Shadow, Chair of Scrutiny, Portfolio Holder or Service Committee Chair – or your Group Leader agrees that you are likely to be so within a year. There is a competitive application process, which closes on Monday 24 July 2017. You will need sign off from you Group Leader to apply. 

The programme will run over the weekends of, 28/29 October 2/3 December, and 21/22 January at venues in London, Coventry and Manchester. Participants must be able to attend all of the three weekends.

There is no cost to attend the programme, however attendees must cover their own travel costs. If you would like further information about the programme, please email Martin Angus

To apply, please complete the online form. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z8HFTKG

News from Local Labour

Islington council won a landmark case, blocking a planning bid because the developers refused to abide by the council’s policy of building at least 50 per cent affordable homes in developments—with “affordable” meaning the homes must cost, at most, 80 per cent of market value.

Work starts this week on a new BMX track that will soon be welcoming riders to Croydon.

An ambitious new vision to deliver the Oldham town centre of the future is set to go to public consultation before being marketed to potential development partners.

Wakefield district’s recycling rates have reached over 50% for the first time.

Bolton Cares, the adult social care company established by Bolton Council is celebrating its first anniversary.

Cllr Alice Perry’s NEC Sub-Committee's report, July 2017. 

National news

Elderly people will be denied help in their own homes because ministers are using £2 billion in emergency social care funds to bail out the NHS, councils have said. (£)

Shadow housing minister, John Healey, recommends advisory panel to boost community confidence in investigation into disaster.

A report by the Care Quality Commission has found that more than a third of England's 4,000 nursing homes are failing on safety.

Councils have turned on the NHS over "secretive, opaque and top-down" sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) that they say will fail patients. (£)

A specialist taskforce is to be sent in by the Government to Kensington and Chelsea Council to take over the running of key services following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Plans to stop free lunches for infant school children from better off families in England will not go ahead.

Two-fifths (39 per cent) of primary school pupils in England have failed to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, figures show.

Theresa May is to invite Labour to help create policy amid Tory plot to oust her.

News from Wales

Ten apprentices who have completed formal qualifications with Newport City Council have been congratulated on their success by the Leader Councillor Debbie Wilcox.

Howardian primary in Penylan, Cardiff, played host to a turf cutting ceremony this week, celebrating the start of construction on the school's new purpose-built home.

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP gave a speech to the British Chamber of Commerce.

Debbie Abrahams MP has said Labour will transform the social security system so that, like the NHS, it is there for us all in our time of need.

News from the LGA

New parents need mental health support before leaving hospital

LGA responds to CQC report on adult social care

LGA responds to £1.7m funding for National FGM Centre

Hand over mobile operators' fines for councils to spend on boosting digital connectivity, says LGA

LGA comments on further fire safety tests on cladding and insulation

Local solution to 12 million caught in skills gap by 2024

Lack of confidence in STPs, councils warn

75p in every £1 of core government funding to councils cut by 2020

LGA chairman, Lord Porter's keynote address to the LGA Annual Conference

Councils respond to Government rules around spending of social care money

LGA responds to DFT local roads funding announcement

LGA responds to annual FGM figures

Opposition Watch

A former Conservative Mayor and current councillor has been suspended from the party after posting a joke on Facebook which compared Asian people to dogs.

Havering Council, which covers areas including Romford, Upminster and Rainham, will vote on Wednesday on a UKIP motion to make the London borough a unitary authority out of the GLA.

By-elections

There were no by-elections on Thursday 6 July 2017. 

There are 6 by-elections taking place on Thursday 13 July 2017:

  • Middlesbrough UA, Ayresome
  • Middlesbrough UA, Park End & Breckfield
  • South Oxfordshire DC, Didcot South
  • South Oxfordshire DC, Didcot West
  • Three Rivers DC, Chorleywood South & Maple Cross
  • North Warwickshire BC, Coleshill South