News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 24 October 2017

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24 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

Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe’s largest urban wetland reserve, is ready to open to the public following £10.6m investment supported by Waltham Forest Council  

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees publishes top 100 achievements since taking office 

Islington Council launches its non-for-profit energy company providing an alternative to the “Big Six”

Newcastle City Council has been selected as one of the first four local authorities in the UK to join forces with Unicef to become a Child Friendly City 

The Economist’s coverage of Preston Council’s interesting approach to procurement  

Councillor Brigid Jones has been elected as the new Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council 

Children in care are being praised after ‘smashing learning goals’ within Wolverhampton City’s classrooms

Salford City Council has announced an ambitious plan to get almost 8,000 'digitally excluded' residents online and confident about using technology within two years 

Not for profit energy provider The LECCY, supported by Liverpool City Council, has launched cheaper winter tariffs to help Liverpool residents save money on their fuel bills

National news

Councillor Nick Forbes: ‘Universal Credit is returning my city to the days of Cathy Come Home’ 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announces new T-Charge with aim to cut pollution in the capital 

The children in care left without a school place 

Borrow more to boost housing, says Sajid Javid 

Houses are taking longer to build, partly due to cuts in council planning departments - LGA quoted refuting this  

Childcare costs for young children have risen up to seven times faster than wages since 2008 

Universal Credit helpline charges to be scrapped 

Worst-performing schools lose most in education cuts

News from Wales

Torfaen Council has become the first local authority in Wales to exempt care leavers from council tax up to the age of 21 

Cardiff Council is to buy a piece of land neighbouring Clwb Ifor Bach in a bid to protect the street’s live music heritage

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP on how Labour will slash energy, water and post bills through public ownership 

John McDonnell MP responding to reports linking British banks to money laundering activity in South Africa 

Danger for people facing catastrophic long-term care costs isn’t over - Barbara Keeley MP 

John Healey MP, responding to Sajid Javid’s refusal to fund the retro-fitting of sprinklers in high-rise buildings 

Labour motion calling for pause to Universal Credit unanimously approved by the House of Commons - Debbie Abrahams MP 

Tory cuts to police “have left our communities exposed” - Diane Abbott MP 

News from the LGA

LGA responds to child gambling advertising crackdown

Return to Social Work programme launched to retrain 100 social workers

LGA responds to LGO report on Education, Health and Care Plans

LGA responds to research on potholes

LGA responds to latest childhood obesity figures

LGA responds to fly-tipping statistics

LGA responds to Age UK delayed transfers of care figures

Councils respond to IFG public spending performance trackers

Councils need more funding to protect against big rise in cyber attacks

LGA statement on Number 10 housing summit

Opposition Watch

Tory election candidate thinks his drunk and disorderly conviction means he "represents reality" 

UKIP’s new leader, Henry Bolton, has revealed that he will sell his home in order to finance his leadership


By-election results from 19 October 2017: 

Nottingham UA, Bulwell Forest
Lab 1420 [54.5%; +8.2%]
Con 966 [37.1%; +17.3%]
UKIP 141 [5.3%; -14.7%]
Grn 52 [2.0%; -5.6%]
LD 31 [1.2%; -3.1%]
Labour hold 

Nottingham UA, Bestwood
Lab 1280 [65.1%; +9.5%]
UKIP 301 [14.2%; -7.7%]
Con 297 [14.0%; -1.8%]
LD 57 [2.7%; +2.7%]
Grn 50 [2.4%; -4.3%]
BPE 30 [1.6%; +1.6%]
Labour hold 

Nottingham UA, Basford
Lab 1409 [68.2%; +21.4%]
Con 408 [19.7%; -1.1%]
UKIP 119 [5.8%; -11.0%]
Grn 81 [3.9%; -8.8%]
LD 49 [2.4%; +2.4%]
Labour hold 

Wigan MB, Astley Moseley Common
Lab 773 [46.0%; -5.3%]
Con 604 [35.9%; +11.4%]
UKIP 185 [11.0%; -13.2%]
LD 73 [4.3%; +4.3%]
Grn 46 [2.7%; +2.7%]
Labour hold 

City of Lincoln DC, Carholme
Lab 922 [63.4%; +6.3%]
Con 368 [25.3%; +5.2%]
Grn 83 [5.7%; -8.5%]
LD 82 [5.6%; -2.9%]
Labour hold 

Hartlepool UA, Seaton
PHF 474 [31.6%; +3.2%]
Ind 425 [28.3%; +2.1%]
Lab 275 [18.3%; +3.8%]
Con 180 [12.0%; +6.0%]
UKIP 148 [9.9%; -13.5%]
Putting Hartlepool First gain from Independent 

Gravesham BC, Meopham North
Con 721 [64.0%; +2.9%]
LD 192 [17.0%; +17.0%]
Lab 155 [13.8%; -1.8%]
UKIP 59 [5.2%; -18.2%]
Conservative hold 

Epping Forest DC, Lower Sheering
Con 220 [80.9; +11.0%]
LD 52 [19.1; +19.1%]
Lab 0 [[0.0; -30.1%]
Conservative hold 

There are 6 by-elections taking place on Thursday 26th October 2017: 

Tameside MB, Droylsden East
Charnwood BC, Loughborough Hastings (2 seats)
Derbyshire Dales DC, Ashbourne South
Herefordshire UA, Kings Acre
Kirklees MB, Batley East
Mid Sussex DC, East Sussex Imberhorne