News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 12 September 2017

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12 September 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 Group and ALC events at Labour Party Conference

Sunday 24 September 2017

LGA Labour Group Women Councillors’ Taskforce
Edinburgh room, Hilton Brighton Metropole, 11:00 - 12:00


ALC, Local Government Reception
Cambridge room, Hilton Brighton Metropole, 20:30-22:00

Monday 25 September 2017

Be A Councillor
Lancaster room, Hilton Brighton Metropole, 10:00 -11:00

Cllr Amy Cross, Blackpool, ALC Executive
Cllr Kelly Braund, LB Merton
Cllr Michael Payne, Gedling, Nottinghamshire, Deputy Leader LGA Labour Group

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Dispatches from the frontline: how Labour councillors are fighting austerity
Hear how Labour councillors across the UK are delivering for communities despite huge Tory cuts to local funding
Hilton Brighton Metropole, Hall 7, Trent, 13:00-14:00

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the LGA Labour Group
Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Cllr Lib Peck, Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group
Mayor Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region
Cllr Kate Haigh, Gloucester City Council

News from Local Labour

From struggling northern councils to seemingly prosperous counties, talk of a financial meltdown is getting louder. “It looks as though we’re approaching a cliff edge and no one has any idea how to stop us hurtling over it,” warns Nick Forbes senior vice-chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) and Labour leader of Newcastle city council. It is a sentiment echoed across the political spectrum.

Southwark is on track to meet its apprenticeship target by 2018, figures have revealed.

A dockless bike hire scheme is being launched in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The council, in partnership with the dockless system supplier Urbo, will launch a one-year trial in October. 

Islington council is currently offering one of the most generous grants with £150 given to parents towards the cost of school uniform at the start of secondary school.

A £1 million transformation of a key town centre thoroughfare is next on the Bolton council's redevelopment agenda.

Cllr Tudor Evans, Labour Group Leader of Plymouth City Council believes three councillors who have abandoned UKIP and joined forces with the Conservatives have 'broken their contract' with the communities they serve.

National news

Civil servants have threatened strike action as pressure mounts from public sector workers to lift the one per cent pay cap.

Theresa May is expected to scrap plans to reduce the number of MPs to 600, despite a Conservative manifesto commitment to do so in both 2015 and 2017.

Oxford City Councillor Tom Hayes has responded to claims by the head of Oxford University that her job is not to stop homophobia within the university.

The Government is to lift the one per cent public sector pay cap for the first time for both police and prison officers, it is reported.

News from Wales

Landmark new school opens in Newport.

Pupils and staff at a Welsh medium primary school in Swansea have returned from the summer holidays knowing they've made the grade with school inspectors.

News from the Labour Party

The Government’s Approach To NHS Pay Is Chaotic, Unstable And Unsustainable – Jon Ashworth MP.

John Healey MP: “Labour has a radical and deliverable housing plan. The government has no plan”

News from the LGA

LGA responds to Action for Children's poll on foster caring

Councils: displaying food hygiene ratings must be made mandatory after Brexit

'Residential revolution' needed for England's ageing population, says LGA

LGA responds to ONS suicide statistics

LGA responds to TPA report on council fees and charges

LGA responds to Family and Childcare Trust's School readiness survey

LGA responds to latest FGM figures 

Free peer training to help drive local improvement – health and wellbeing systems

The Local Government Association is holding a peer training event on 27th October 2017 in London for elected member peers such as health and wellbeing board chairs and public health & adult social care portfolio holders interested in being part of a peer challenge team helping system leaders with locally driven improvement.

A team of peers are invited by a system to spend up to 3 days examining the opportunities and challenges that the system is facing. They talk to a range of people and highlight things that could be improved.  Peers champion change and recognise the achievements of places they are invited into, spending 3 days on-site undertaking interviews, focus groups and visits. Before they leave the peer team delivers a constructive but challenging feedback session to local leaders and stakeholders.

The peer challenge approach is well established within local government as a proven improvement process.

Those who have been peers suggest the benefits are wide, varied and sometimes personal. These include, a renewed focus for themselves and their own organisation and/or system which is prompted by what they’ve seen and heard and seeing first hand good practice that they can ‘take back to the ranch’.

The system wide care & health peer challenge is funded by the Department of Health through the LGA’s Care & Health Improvement Programme.

For further information please contact  or phone 07909 534126.

To register your place on the training day, please contact

Opposition Watch

Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he completely opposes abortion and believes it to be “morally indefensible” – even after a woman has been raped.

UKIP leadership hopeful Anne Marie Waters opens door to Tommy Robinson joining party.

Tory donor brands Theresa May 'weak' and 'hopeless'.


There were 12 by elections held on 7 September 2017

Staffordshire CC, Hednesford & Rawnsley
Conservative 1484 [32.5%; -4.1%]
Labour 1454 [31.9%; +4.4%]
Green 1316 [28.9%; +4.3%]
UKIP 175 [3.8%; -4.3%]
LD  67 [1.5%; +1.5%]
The Chase Independent Party 65 [1.4%; +1.4%]
 [Independent 0 [0%; -3.1%]]
Conservative hold

Lancaster BC, Skerton West
Labour 512 [61.5%; 3.1%]
Conservative 288 [34.6%; +19.6%]
LD 33 [4.0%; +4.0%]
[UKIP 0 [0.0%; -11.8%]]
[Green 0 [0.0%; -10.7%]]
[Independent 0 [0.0%; -4.3%]]
Labour hold

Colchester BC, Shrub End
Conservative 681 [38.6%; +9.9%]
Labour 572 [32.4%; +14.6%]
LD  373 [21.1%; -17%]
Independent 54 [3.1%; +3.1%]
UKIP 52 [2.9%; -4.2%]
Green 34 [1.9%; -6.3%]
Conservative gain from Lib Dem

Lewes DC, Ringmer & Ouse Valley
Green 835 [38.7%; +29.2%]
Conservative 660 [30.6%; 10.5%]
LD 457 [21.2%; -20.5%]
Labour 167 [7.7%; +7.7%]
UKIP 38 [1.8%; -5.9%]
Green gain from Conservative

Croydon BC, South Norwood
Labour 1,671 [59%; +6.2%]
Conservative 475 [16.8%; -2.6%]
LD  388 [13.7%; +7.9%]
Green 218 [7.7%; -3.2%]
UKIP 78 [2.8%; -8.3%]
Labour hold

Suffolk CC, St John’s Ipswich
Labour 1247 [62.9%; +5.3%]
Conservative 483 [24.4%; -7.3%]
LD  200 [10.1%; +5.1%]
Green 52 [2.6%; -3.1%]
Labour hold

East Cambridgeshire DC, Ely South
LD  527 [39.9%;+13.7%]
Conservative 411 [31.1%; -21.9%]
Labour 384 [29.0%; +8.1%]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative

Babergh DC, Sudbury South
Labour 336 [42.7%; +20.4%]
Conservative 335 [42.6%; +11.0%]
Liberal Democrat 116 [14.7%; +3.6%]
[UKIP 0 [0%; -15.3%]]
[Green 0 [0%; -11.0%]]
[Independent 0 [0%; -8.7%]]
Labour gain from Conservative

Peterborough, Eye, Thorney and Newborough
Conservative 1018 [52.3%; +3.0%]
Labour 555 [28.5%; 9.7%]
UKIP 279 [14.3%; -16.5%]
Green 61 [3.1%; +3.1%]
LD  35 [1.8%; +1.8%]
[Independent 0 [0%; -29.0%]]
Conservative HOLD

Cannock Chase DC, Hednesford Green Heath
Labour 359 [43.9%; +11.1%]
Conservative 301 [36.8%; -3.7%]
Green 86 [10.5%; +7.4%]
UKIP 29 [3.5%; -14.7%]
Independent 42 [5.1%; -0.2%]
Labour gain from Conservative

Cannock Chase DC, Hednesford South
Green 513 [48.3%; +5.7%]
Conservative 311 [29.3%; +7.1%]
Labour 190 [17.9%; -2.6%]
UKIP 48 [4.5%; -10.2%]
Green gain from Conservative

Hereford UA, Golden Valley South
Conservative 254 [23.5%; -42.3%]
Green 109 [10.1%; -7.1%]
Labour 104 [9.6%; +9.6%]
Independent 462 [42.7%; +25.8%]
Independent 152 [14.1%; +14.1%]
Independent gain from Conservative

There are 3 by elections taking place on 14 September 2017

West Dorset DC, Lyme Regis & Charmouth
Trafford MB, Bucklow St Martin’s
Mid Devon DC, Westexe