News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 17 October 2017

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17 October 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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Labour Local Government Conference 2018

The Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) and LGA Labour Group Local Government Conference will take place on Friday and Saturday 2/3 February 2018. 

This event is an opportunity for Labour’s local government family to meet and discuss a range of issues relevant to local government and Labour. In addition to keynote speakers and plenary sessions, there will be a series of policy and campaigning workshops. Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP is confirmed to speak along with many other members of Labour’s front bench team.

The details are:

Friday 2 February 2018
19.30 – 22.30
Drinks reception and dinner

Saturday 3 February 2018
09.00 – 17.00
Local Government Conference

The conference will be held at East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RJ. To book your place please visit our website.  Please note we are only able to take online bookings with a debit or credit card. Reserve your place now

We are pleased to have a number of rooms on hold at the Orchard Hotel, adjacent to the conference venue on a first come first served basis. To book please call the hotel’s reservations team on 0115 876 0900 and quote LGA 2/218. Single occupancy is £95 + VAT, double occupancy is £105 + VAT, bed and breakfast.  These are the same prices as two years ago. Please note this is a non-refundable, non-transferable rate. Rooms not booked by 4 December 2017 will be released, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Newly elected councillors
If you are a newly elected councillor, (i.e. elected for the first time in May 2017 or since in a by-election) you are entitled to a free conference pass and you will receive an email from the ALC explaining how to book your place. If you have any queries please email for further information. If you intend to come to the dinner you will need to buy a ticket for that.

News from Local Labour

Ealing Council has outlined steps to use anti-social behaviour legislation to stop protestors approaching clients attending women’s health clinics.

Tower Hamlets has adopted a Development Viability SPD that allows transparent scrutiny of all developer deals.

Hounslow Council has approved a £50 diesel parking surcharge to help tackle air quality concerns.

Rochdale Council is pleased that its spending on adult social care is staying within budget.

Islington’s Cllr Joe Caluori, lead member for Children and Young People, warns that the scandal of gangs exploiting young people to sell drugs across ‘County Lines’ could be ‘the next Rotherham’.

Doncaster Council is planning to fly its flag at half-mast on 26th October to mark the funeral of ex-Unison general secretary Rodney Bickerstaffe, who grew up in the town, and are asking other Labour councils to consider joining them.

Slough Council is intervening to purchase the freehold of a residential tower that has failed a series of fire safety checks, to protect the safety of residents.

Swindon has become the latest Labour council to exempt care leavers from paying council tax.

National news

Councils should be given the power to enforce minimum wage laws in their area – and they should be allowed to keep any fines, writes Richard Angell on LabourList. 

Security bolstered at Christmas markets amid fears of Berlin-style attack.

New homes could be built on green belt.

‘No deal’ Brexit could put £500m burden on NHS.

Number of elderly people becoming homeless more than doubles in seven years.

Austerity blamed for record numbers of children taken into care.

Hammond: No automatic funding to councils for fire safety work.

Tory minister Jackie Doyle-Price says that homes ‘aren’t an asset to give to your children’.

News from Wales

Labour leader of Newport and leader of the Welsh LGA, Cllr Debbie Wilcox has warned that councils face a ‘war of attrition’ following the latest Welsh local government settlement.

Labour-run Cardiff has announced plans for a new 15,000 seater arena.

News from the Labour Party

Labour’s Debbie Abrahams is leading an Opposition Day Debate on Universal Credit for Wednesday.
New official figures are yet another indictment of the Tories’ failing housing policy says John Healey.
Barbara Keeley is still seeing no action from the Tories on the social care crisis.
Jeremy Corbyn delivered a speech to the Cooperative Party conference.

News from the LGA

Nation faces older people homelessness ‘time bomb’ – councils warn

Spend rising fuel and motoring tax income on improving local roads - councils urge government

LGA responds to CQC ‘State of Care’ report

90 children a day entering care - urgent cash injection needed for children's services

Opposition Watch

The latest UKIP leader has claimed he could kill a badger with his bare hands. He was styled as the ‘moderate’ leadership candidate.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon borrowed three of her main campaign pledges from her local Labour-run council. 


By-election results from 12th October 2017:

Wyre BC, Rossall
Lab 610 [50.1%; +12.8%]
Con 427 [35.1%; +5.9%]
Ind 180 [14.8%; +14.8%]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -19.7%]]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -20.6]]
Labour hold

Warrington UA, Chapelford & Old Hall
Lab 957 [54.7%; +9.8%]
Con 353 [20.2%; +2.3%]
LD 312 [17.8%; -3.2%] 
UKIP 86 [4.9%; -5.1%]
Grn 43 [2.5%; -3.7%]
Labour hold

Wakefield MB, Stanley & Outwood
Lab 1,353 [51.0%; +2.4%]
Con 847 [31.9%; +7.3%]
LD 165 [6.2%; +2.3%]
Yorkshire 153 [5.8%; +5.8%]
UKIP 136 [5.1%; -16.4%]
TUSC 0 [0.0%; -1.3%]
Labour hold

Ashfield DC, Hucknall North
Ind 1329 [51.1%; +38.4%]
Lab 629 [24.2%; -6.5%]
Con 532 [20.4%; -10.6%] 
UKIP 66 [2.5%; -15.7%]
LD 46 [1.8%; +1.8%] 
Grn 0 [[0.0%; -7.4%]]
Independent gain from Lab 

Tamworth BC, Bolehall
Lab 643 [53.4%; +3.9%]
Con 561 [46.6%; +22.2%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -26.1%]]
Labour hold

Three Rivers DC, Oxhey Hall & Hayling
LD 672 [41.3%; -6.5%] 
Con 461 [28.3%; +2.8%]
Lab 428 [26.3%; +8.8%]
UKIP 35 [2.2%; -7.0%]
Grn 31 [1.9%; 1.9%]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative

Sheffield MB, Beighton
Lab 1640 [48.6%; +5.2%]
LD 899 [26.6%; +21.0%] 
Con 552 [16.3%; -0.8%]
UKIP 212 [6.3%; -19.2%]
Grn 74 [2.2%; -3.1%]
TUSC 0 [[0.0%; -3.1%]]
Labour hold

And one result from 5th October that was not included last week:

Cheshire East UA, Crewe East
Lab 1174 [60.7%; +14.8]
Con 542 [28.0%; +6.2]
UKIP 158 [8.2%; -14.7]
Grn 59 [3.1%; -6.4]
Labour hold

There are 8 by-elections taking place on Thursday 19th October 2017:

Epping Forest DC, Lower Sheering
Gravesham BC, Meopham North
Hartlepool UA, Seaton
City of Lincoln DC, Carholme
Wigan MB, Astley Moseley Common
Nottingham UA, Basford
Nottingham UA, Bestwood
Nottingham UA, Bulwell Forest