News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 19 September 2017

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19 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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Local government events at Labour Party Conference

Look out for a Labour Conference Special email that we’ll be sending out on Friday morning, with all the details of local government events at Annual Conference in Brighton. If you’re attending conference this year we look forward to seeing you there.

News from Local Labour

Our conference hosts Brighton and Hove Council are investing to protect all of the city’s supported bus network for the next four years, offering a lifeline for people travelling in and out of the city.

Thousands of people took part in a demonstration in Bristol against austerity measures. The rally was called by the city's Mayor Marvin Rees in response to cutbacks imposed by the Government.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs has launched an online petition calling for laws regarding the buying and handling of acids to match those related to knives, following a series of acid attacks in East London.

A fresh vision of 21st century travel in and out of South Shields has come alive in detailed new images of the town’s planned transport interchange.

Islington Council has been praised for maintaining its Local Welfare Assistance scheme, and for using it to support victims of the terrorist attack on Finsbury Park mosque.

Labour’s shadow housing minister Melanie Onn writes in The Guardian that ‘Homelessness is not inevitable – it is a political choice made by the UK government’.

National news

Public sector employment is at 70-year low, says GMB report.

Job stress is 'overwhelming' teachers across the UK.

Government waters down commitment to fire safety testing transparency.

NHS workers demand 3.9 per cent pay rise.

Government spends four times more subsidising private housing than building affordable homes.

Brexit: UK reveals details of proposed new EU security deal.

News from Wales

Labour-run Newport Council is investing £1m in refurbishing a row of city centre buildings, including a run-down pub.

Wales’s biggest local authority Cardiff Council is proposing to restructure its senior management.

News from the Labour Party

Labour’s shadow local government minister Jim McMahon MP says that ‘Councils face a very real risk of collapsing’.

Debbie Abrahams MP says that new statistics show Universal Credit is in ‘total disarray’.

Increase in delayed transfers of care ‘deeply worrying’ - Barbara Keeley MP.

The new Funding Formula for schools does not go nearly far enough - Angela Rayner MP.

News from the LGA

LGA responds to Barnardo's care leavers study

LGA responds to latest delayed transfers of care figures

National funding formula for schools announcement – LGA response

LGA responds to Government announcement on housing need

LGA responds to National Audit Office report on homelessness

Opposition Watch

Boris Johnson has been rebuked by the independent statistics watchdog twice for repeating the false claim that leaving the EU would release £350m for the NHS.

Tories in Rossendale have been forced to suspend two councillors, including the leader, after they allegedly shared offensive posts on Facebook.

Two Lib Dem councillors in York have been removed from the Tory/Lib Dem ruling joint Executive after being accused of breaking the Council’s Code of Conduct.

A Leeds Tory councillor has accused the party of ‘bullying and intimidation’ after being deselected by local members.

A Tory councillor in Loughborough has been reported to the council’s Monitoring Officer for neglecting his council duties after allegedly moving to London.

LGA/Parliamentary Outreach event for women interested in politics

Parliamentary Outreach and the LGA’s Be a Councillor campaign have joined forces for a new event in Parliament for women interested in politics. They are looking for women who want to find out more about politics, and will provide you with information and tips about how to influence change and make a difference in your community. Register for the event now.

By-elections

There were 3 by elections held on 14 September 2017

Lyme Regis & Charmouth, West Dorset
Independent: 622 [52.3 per cent; +52.3%]
Conservative: 396 [33.3 per cent; -14.0%]
Labour: 171 [14.4 per cent; +14.4%]
Independent gain from Conservative

Bucklow-St Martins, Trafford
Labour: 1050 [64.7%; +1.8%)
Conservative: 456 [28.1%; +0.2%)
UKIP: 64 [4.0%; +4.0%)
Green: 33 [2.0%; -7.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 18 [1.1%; +1.1%)
Labour hold

Westexe, Mid Devon
Conservative: 279 [36.4%; +11.2%)
Independent: 179 [23.4%; +7.6%)
Labour: 164 [21.4%; +11.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 144 [18.8%; +18.8)
Conservative gain from UKIP

There are 3 by-elections taking place on 21 September 2017:

Oadby & Wigston BC, Oadby Uplands
Chesterfield BC, Holmebrook
Waveney DC, Oulton Broad