News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 6 March 2018

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6 March 2018

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

Waltham Forest and Brent named first London boroughs of culture.

£900k boost for Stevenage Council’s house-building plans.

Rotherham Council is to use tougher laws on rogue landlords in a bid to protect private tenants.

Islington councillors have been celebrating Islington Reads Week and encouraging local people to read for pleasure. The Labour Council administration has kept open all of Islington’s libraries, so that everyone can benefit from them.

St Helens Council has been awarded more than £2.4m as part of the New Homes Bonus government scheme.

A £1m scheme to improve the appearance of town centre properties in Blackpool has launched as part of a wider initiative designed to revitalise the area.

Barnsley Council shortlisted in Public Sector Transformation Awards.

Leeds City Council praised for creating an environment in which children in care can 'flourish'.

Charities are struggling with the current system of public sector contracting, says Nathan Yeowll of New Philanthropy Capital.

News from Wales

Swansea Council backs campaign encouraging LGBT community members to consider fostering or adoption.

Neath Port Talbot Council “City Deal” expected to create 10,000 jobs over next 15 years.

News from the Labour Party

Failure on housing is the fault of Whitehall, not town halls – John Healey MP.

Shameful that only seven tower blocks with dangerous cladding have been replaced – John Healey MP.

This year’s childcare survey shows that the cost of childcare continues to skyrocket under this Tory government – Angela Rayner MP.

Andrew Gwynne MP responds to Northamptonshire CC budget.

IFS warn Government council plans will not promote growth and lead to greater inequality.

Barbara Keeley MP comments on new social ‘CareBnB’ scheme.

On Day One - LGA Labour Group publication launch - Tuesday 20th March

On Tuesday 20 March, the LGA Labour Group will be launching our most recent publication - "On Day One". This publication, which features a collection of essays from Labour Councillors, looks at how a Labour Government can help different areas of local government as soon as Labour takes power, such as housing, education and young people, devolution and party democracy.

The launch will take place on Tuesday 20 March, 6-7.30pm, Committee Room 19, Houses of Parliament. You'll have the opportunity to hear from Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the LGA Labour Group, Cllr Lib Peck, Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group, as well as other contributors. If you wish to attend, please email

News from the LGA

LGA responds to CQC survey which finds choosing care one of most stressful experiences

LGA responds to Family and Childcare Trust survey on childcare

Check in on your vulnerable during the big freeze

LGA responds to study on children's use of non-dental services

LGA responds to IFS report on business rates

LGA responds to NAO report on emergency hospital admissions

Apprenticeship policy not reaching its potential as starts down by 131,500 since levy launch

LGA responds to Which? report on care home contracts

LGA responds to new planning laws for councils

Cuts to youth offending budgets putting crime reduction work at risk

Opposition Watch

In financially-troubled Northamptonshire, council leader hit with no-confidence vote.

Liverpool Lib Dem councillor in 'sexism' row after backing permanent tribute to Margaret Thatcher.


By-election results from 1 March 2018
Solihull MB, Blythe
Con 1252 [75.9%; +24.7%]
Lab 224 [13.6%; +4.6%]
LD 174 [10.5%; +10.5%]
Grn 0 [[0.0%; -6.4%]]
SMRA 0 [[0.0%; -33.5%]]
Conservative hold
East Devon DC, Exmouth Town
LD 187 [28.2%; -2.8%]
Ind 176 [26.6%; +26.6%]
Con 142 [21.5%; -3.6%]
Lab 86 [13.0%; -7.7%]
Grn 71 [10.7%; -12.6%]
Lib Dem hold
Basingstoke & Deane BC, Kempshott
Con 686 [58.9%; -5.6%]
Lab 366 [31.4%; +12.3%]
LD 113 [9.7%; +9.7%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -16.4%]]
Conservative hold
By-elections taking place on 8 March 2018
Tameside MB, Droylesden East
Medway UA, Rochester West
Harlow BC, Little Parndon & Hare Street
Dacorum BC, Northchurch
Nottingham UA, Wollaton West
Rutland UA, Oakham South East
Bolton MB, Farnworth
East Hampshire DC, Petersfield Bell Hill