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

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12 December 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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News from Local Labour

90 council leaders urge the Government to fund a pay rise for council workers.

Coventry celebrates City of Culture win.

Brighton and Hove: City has played its part to save Madeira Terraces.

Centre for Economics and Business Research crowns Islington the best place in Britain for entrepreneurs to live and work.

Southwark Labour meets ambitious manifesto pledge on jobs.

Sheffield Council has said homelessness in the city has plummeted by 60% over the last five years.

Manchester to fit sprinkler systems to council-owned high rises.

Liverpool City Council has announced plans to create an ethical housing company to build 10,000 new homes across the city.

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, (ie elected for the first time in May 2017 or since in a by-election) you are entitled to a free conference pass. You should have received 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

Newport Housing Scheme encourages women into construction.

Wales is second best household waste recycler in the world.

News from the Labour Party

Interim report launched into the UK’s financial system.

Jeremy Corbyn speech at the United Nations’ Geneva headquarters.

Angela Rayner MP commenting on the National Audit Office report on the higher education market.

Barbara Keeley MP’s comment on Government’s decision to abandon the care cost cap.

There is deep concern about police resources – Dianne Abbott MP.

Labour reveals “winter of misery” as 20,000 patients stuck in ambulances for over 30 minutes in just two weeks – Jonathan Ashworth MP.

Debbie Abrahams MP responds to Chancellor’s comments on disabled people in the workforce.

National news

Attempts to oust Labour councillors ‘not a way forward’, says Angela Rayner MP.

£72,500 social care cap to be scrapped, MPs told.

Forty percent of homes sold under Right to Buy now in the hands of private landlords.

Lambeth Council proposes paying out £100m to victims of abuse at Shirley Oaks children's home.

Children and young people in England are to be able to access mental health support at school or college under Government plans to improve services.

News from the LGA

LGA responds to BMJ report on traffic pollution's effect on unborn children

LGA responds to latest FGM figures

Council employees' pay offer announced

LGA responds to £100m pilot investment to combat inactivity

Urgent clarity needed on EU funds, councils warn

LGA responds to Shelter report on homeless children

LGA responds to UK City of Culture 2021 announcement

LGA responds to Government care cap announcement

Development deadlock: council planning departments 'hampered' by missing out on £70 million, LGA warns

Councils urge communities to “be on look-out” this weekend amidst icy conditions

Council funding to be further cut in half over next two years - LGA warns

Opposition Watch

Brexit deal with UK Government is a 'gentleman's agreement' says EU.

Tory run Lancashire County Council award £104m NHS contract to Virgin Care.


By-election results from 7 December 2017

Enfield LB, Enfield Highway
Lab 1619 [69.8%; +23.1%]
Con 620 [26.7%; +7.4%]
Grn 79 [3.4%; -6.0%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -17.8%]]
BNP 0 [[0.0%; -6.7%]]
Labour hold

North Devon DC, Newport
LD 390 [38.8%; +7.1%]
Con 373 [37.1%; -2.8%]
Grn 159 [15.8%; -12.6%]
Lab 83 [8.3%: +8.3%]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative 

By-elections taking place on 13 December 2017

Exeter BC, Newtown & St Leonards
Waverley BC, Godalming Central & Ockford

By-elections taking place on 14 December 2017 

Welwyn & Hatfield BC, Handside
Barnsley MB, Rockingham
Newcastle-under-Lyme BC, Bradwell
Newcastle-under-Lyme BC, Newchapel
Salford MB, Langworthy
Torbay UA, Watcombe
Torridge DC, Westward Ho
Wigan MB, Shevington with Lower Ground