News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 7 November 2017

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7 November 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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Reporting sexual harrassment in the Labour Party

The Labour Party has now set out its sexual harassment policy, along with the procedures on how members can make a confidential complaint. The Labour Party has a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and will take all complaints of this nature extremely seriously.

News from Local Labour

Labour local politicians dominated Inside Housing’s list of the 41 most influential people in local authority housing development – including eight leaders and Mayors, a Cabinet member, and a Metro Mayor.

Manchester City Council has committed to delivering pay protections to its employees working in the care sector, including paying staff the voluntary living wage and providing occupational sick pay.

Preston City Council’s voluntary initiative encouraging councils to spend more of their budget locally is praised in an opinion piece by Alice Thomson in the Times (£).

Islington Council has won the Homes and Communities Project of the Decade Award for the Bunhill Heat and Power Network.

A £27.1 million scheme to reduce flood risk to 4,800 properties in Blackpool is being officially opened by Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Environmental Services.

Brighton and Hove Council is investing in replacement play equipment and surfacing in park.

New Addington and East Croydon are set to become the latest areas of the borough to get street vacuums as part of an ongoing £1.3m Croydon council investment in new cleaning equipment.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council are inviting traders to get involved in the first-ever Hammersmith Christmas Market on Saturday 2 December.

Reminder to book: 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 Wales

A six-week consultation on Cardiff Council's budget proposals for 2018/19 has begun and residents are being urged to share their views.

Swansea Council has teamed up with a charity called Cariad to put defibrillators in place at Langland Bay, Caswell Bay, Knab Rock and Oystermouth Castle.

News from the Labour Party

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the “Paradise Papers”

Labour MPs call on the Government to lower voting age to 16

Amber Rudd admits crime is rising but police numbers are still being cut - Diane Abbott MP

MPs have unanimously passed a Labour motion calling on the Government to share the 58 Brexit impact studies to a parliamentary select committee

Older people still face grave uncertainty because of the Tories’ social care policy vacuum - Julie Cooper MP

Ministers have squandered a real opportunity to curb highly addictive Fixed Odds Betting Terminals - Tom Watson MP

National news

Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite's hidden wealth 

Benefits cuts causing surge in demand for children’s services, warn charities

IFS forecast that 37 per cent of children will be in relative poverty by 2022 would see all progress made in the last 20 years undone

Maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals could be reduced to £2

The extension of Right to Buy to housing association tenants is experiencing difficulties, with only 55 sales having been completed in a handful of pilot areas

Public confidence in Universal Credit will collapse without an urgent £3 billion cash injection to reverse cuts that are set to leave millions of families worse off

We mayors need more power to boost growth across Britain

News from the LGA

Avoid dangerous illegal fireworks at all costs, councils and fire authorities warn 

Local Housing Allowance freeze risks 'increasing' homelessness for private renters, councils warn 

Councils respond to sleep-in back pay announcement 

Councils respond to RAC report on congestion

LGA responds to TPA report on public health spending

LGA responds to NHS Digital stats on deprivation of liberty safeguard assessments

LGA responds to Government announcement on letting agent fees

LGA responds to Industrial Strategy Commission's final report

LGA responds to review into lowering maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals

LGA responds to Government announcement on funding proposals for supported housing

Opposition Watch

A group of UKIP councillors have defected to the Conservative Party to give the Tories control of Great Yarmouth Council

Michael Fallon has resigned as minister after three years in post

Tory whip steps down as more MPs are caught up in harassment scandal


By-election results from 2 November 2017:

Sefton MB, Duke’s
LD 1680 [56.0%; +28.4%]
Con 790 [26.3%; -9.4%]
Lab 417 [13.9%; -2.3%]
UKIP 69 [2.3%; -13.5%]
Grn 45 [1.5%; -3.1%]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative

North Devon DC, Braunton East
LD 459 [37.1%; +3.0%]
Grn 387 [31.3%; +10.5%]
Con 225 [18.2%; -17.5%]
Lab 165 [13.3%; +6.3%]
TUSC 0 [[0.0%; -2.4%]]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative

Copeland BC, Egremont South
Lab 354 [52.4%; +9.1%]
Con 321 [47.6%; +23.0%]
Grn 0 [[0.0%; -8.0%]]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -24.2]]
Labour hold

Arun DC, Aldwick West
LD 719 [52.7%; +34.2%]
Con 480 [35.2%; -16.7%]
Lab 112 [8.2%; +8.2%]
Grn 54 [4.0%; +4.0%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -29.7%]]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative

Buckinghamshire CC, Beaconsfield
Con 1,298 [81.3%; +11.1%]
LD 299 [18.7%; +2.5%]
Lab 0 [[0.0%; -6.9%]]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -6.7%]]
Conservative hold

South Bucks, Beaconsfield North
Con 441 [76.4%; -9.7%]
LD 136 [23.6%; +23.6%]
UKIP 0 [0.0%; -13.9%]
Conservative hold

By-elections taking place on 9 November 2017
Flintshire CC, Buckley Bistre West
High Peak BC, Limestone Peak
Wandsworth LBC, Thamesfield
Camden LB, Gospel Oak
Fareham BC, Stubbington