News from the LGA Labour Group - 10 April 2018

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10 April 2018

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News from Local Labour

Jeremy Corbyn joined Labour and Co-op councillors last Friday at Islington Town Hall for the launch of the Co-op Party Modern Slavery CharterCouncillors in attendance included Sharon Taylor (Stevenage), Andy Hull (Islington), Claire Coghill (LB Waltham Forest), Anna Burley (LB Lambeth), Emma Hoddinott (Rotherham) and Tom Hayes (Oxford).

Blackpool Museum Project allocated £8.4million of funding – Blackpool Council

“Tidy Up time” as new volunteers are trained – Brighton and Hove Council

Fines for dropping litter set to rise – Bristol City Council

Doncaster launches “Get Ready Doncaster” – Doncaster Council

Local artists sought to display their work at the Riverside Festival – Leicester City Council

Read Alice Perry’s latest NEC report here.

Out on the campaign trail: we want your photos and will use the best for the LGA Labour Group Annual Report. They must be high resolution and you must have the permission of everyone in the picture. Please email to Lewis Addlington-Lee.

News from Wales

Care leavers now exempt from paying council tax – Bridgend Council

Curb on zero-hours care worker contracts and “call-clipping”  BBC Wales

Launch of Unison’s Ethical Care Charter in Ebbw Vale  Unison

News from the Labour Party

John Healey responds to Government’s new national database of rogue landlords – John Healey

By scrapping mortgage support, the Tories will end home ownership for thousands – John Healey for Labourlist

Spending on Children and Young People’s Services nearly £1bn less than in 2012 – Angela Rayner

Government admits broken promises to replace homes sold under right to buy – John Healey

Labour welcomes major housing benefit u-turn and Government enacting another promise from our manifesto – Margaret Greenwood

Local people forced to pick up the slack as council tax bills soar – Andrew Gwynne

News from the LGA

LGA responds to serious violence strategy

LGA responds to PHE data on hospital tooth extractions

LGA responds to research by Which into plastic-backed fridges and freezers

LGA: housing developers must adopt a “fibre to the premises” kite marker for new builds

LGA responds to new government initiative to reduce rough sleeping 

LGA response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on the Government’s draft Tenant Fees Bill

LGA responds to government measures on plastic recycling 

LGA responds to announcement of multi-year funding plan from the NHS

LGA responds to Independent Age report on older private renters

Jewish Manifesto for Local Government

The Jewish Manifesto for Local Government informs councillors and council candidates about how they can best serve Jewish residents. For those candidates in areas with fewer Jewish residents there are important policy recommendations for how to support community cohesion and stand against antisemitism in general.

We are calling on council candidates to support our #tenlocalcommitments, outlined on pages four and five, over social media using the hashtag. We can send a physical copy of the manifesto if that would be useful for candidates. You can read a copy of the manifesto here.

For any information on the Manifesto please contact the Board of Deputies on 0207 543 5418 or email

Launch of the Terrence Higgins Trust Women and HIV report

The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a report looking at Women and HIV. Women and HIV: Invisible No Longer explores the priorities, experiences and needs of women living with HIV, at risk of and affected by HIV, and has a number of key findings.

The Terrence Higgins Trust is asking people on social media on Monday to help to share the report by joining us in calling for a far greater focus on women living with, and who are affected by, HIV on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by sharing our pledge: I pledge to make sure women are #InvisibleNoLonger when it comes to HIV:

We would very much welcome your support in sharing the report on social media on Monday. In addition, if you would like a copy of the press release for the launch please do let us know.

Next Labour Together Event: How can we use community organising to rebuild trust in politics? Tuesday 24 April, 2.45pm, CR9, House of Commons

Labour Together's Get Togethers are a series of monthly sessions bringing together Labour MPs, councillors, activists and academics from across the Labour movement to explore new ideas and thinking on the future of the left. 

This session will be looking at how we can rebuild trust in politics through community organising and other forms of citizen engagement. In the wake of Brexit, trust in traditional politics is declining. With more people questioning traditional power structures, how can politics respond? From community organising to citizens panels, this session will be exploring how we can get more people involved in making the decisions that affect them. Can this approach restore trust in politics? What is the role of MPs and other elected representatives in this space? What can we learn from civil society and experiments in participation? 

On 24 April, we’ll be hearing from Neil Jameson, Founder and CEO of Citizens UK, the home of community organising in the UK. During the session, Neil will talk through Citizens UK’s approach, its success in empowering communities and what politicians can learn from it. Neil will be joined by Reema Patel, a Labour councillor in Barnet who has run both online and offline deliberation and citizen engagement programmes for the think-tank Involve and the RSA’s Citizen’s Economic Council. 

The session should last just under 60 minutes. If you or a representative from your office would be interested in coming along, please RSVP to 

Local Solutions to Hunger event – Wednesday 18 April, 3-5pm, Houses of Parliament

On Wednesday 18 April, Emma Lewell Buck MP will host a Local Solutions to Hunger event, looking at what practical steps are available to tackle poverty and hunger and how can councils take a leading role, particularly in light of the rollout of Universal Credit. 

To get more information and to reserve tickets please click here.

Labour local government sets out ambitions for ‘Day One’ of Labour government

The LGA Labour Group has set out an ambitious programme for a future Labour Government to ensure councils are properly funded to deliver real change for local communities On Day One. You can read the publication here.

The authors outline the damage caused by Tory austerity and set out what is needed to address the funding gap. Cuts of almost 50 per cent have been made to central government funding for councils between 2010 and 2018, and Tory-run Northamptonshire County Council issued a section 114 notice effectively declaring they were ‘bankrupt’. It also demands new freedoms for councils - including powers to build new council homes, open new schools, create a children’s centre in every community and a call for the next Labour government to invest heavily in early intervention and prevention.

Cllr Nick Forbes, the leader of the LGA Labour Group said: “If the next Labour government wants to deliver immediate and visible change for the many, not the few then the fastest and most direct route lies through local government. Communities across the country are demanding change to fix the housing crisis and support young people. With sufficient funding and greater freedoms local councils can generate economic growth, build new homes and strengthen communities.”

The report has the backing of shadow communities and local government secretary Andrew Gwynne MP, who in a foreword to the report writes: “The future of our country cannot be formulated by politicians in Westminster, but needs to be built in partnership with local leaders and local people.”

On Day One has been reported on widely in the media. Sharon Taylor wrote in LabourList on why Councils are Labour’s most powerful weapon to destroy austerity, LGC Plus featured a piece about the call by Labour leaders for a greater role in the party if Labour wins power, and the Independent wrote about the report, focusing on the bold tax-and-spend powers called for on “day one” of a Jeremy Corbyn government. And LGA Labour Group Leader, Nick Forbes, wrote for the Huffington Post about how councils must lead social movements to deliver real change.


By-election results

29 March

Knowsley MB, Page Moss
Lab 657 [78.2%]
Green 74 [8.8%]
UKIP 68 [8.1%]
Con 41 [4.9%]
Labour hold

5 April

Taunton Deane BC, Wivelscombe and West Deane
Green 600 [44.7%]
LD 389 [29.0%]
Con 352 [26.2%]
Green gain from Independent

New Forest DC, Milton
Con 1057 [76.4%]
LD 200 [14.5%]
Lab 126 [9.1%; -11.2%]
Conservative hold

Fylde BC, Heyhouses
Con 655 [58.1%; +11.5%]
Lab 202 [17.9%; -13.3%]
LD 138 [12.2%]
Green 133 [11.8%; +11.8%]
Conservative hold

By-elections taking place on 12 April

South Northamptonshire DC – Middleton Cheney
St Edmundsbury BC – St Olave’s
Chichester DC – Rogate