News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 4 September 2018

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4 September 2018

Nick Forbes

News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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News from Local Labour

Newcastle’s growing reputation as a world-class sporting city has been further endorsed by being in the running to be a host city for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.

Oxford City Council has agreed the final £1.3m investment to complete a long-term refurbishment of the Covered Market roof that will secure the structure for around another 60 to 80 years.

Ilford town centre is getting a six-week deep clean as part of a raft of major improvements from Redbridge Council.

A new independent, resident-led policing and crime commission will review how Hammersmith and Fulham council and police can better work with residents to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in all neighbourhoods across the borough.

Next phase of Manchester’s city-wide pot hole repair programme begins with £4m investment.

Cllr Alice Perry’s July NEC report

Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz, Executive Member for Community Development, explains why Islington Labour councillors are urging the Tory Government to do more to support Syrian refugees.

Our Over-Centralised Westminster System Has Too Long Prioritised Investment Inside The M25 - That May Be About To Change. Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Job vacancies - Lewisham Council

Cabinet Executive Officer x2

Senior Cabinet Executive Officer

News from the Labour Party

Tom Watson MP has launched a #nospaceforhate campaign.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed that 20 new water fountains will be installed across the capital as part of a scheme to slash the amount of single-use plastic bottles that are purchased.

Labour reveals Tory Rail Mayhem: Corbyn pledges to deliver Crossrail for the North as millions of passengers face overcrowding, delays and cancellations

After the first collapse of a local authority due to Tory cuts, these new councils are doomed to fail – Andrew Gwynne MP

News from Wales

Newport City Council have renamed the city's Wales National Velodrome in honour of Geraint Thomas MBE.

LGA Social Care Green Paper

Over the summer, the LGA has launched its own social care Green Paper to kick start a national debate on how we provide adult social care. The paper and subsequent consultation, called “The Lives We Want to Lead”, was prompted as the government took the decision to delay the long awaited adult social care green paper to the autumn. Local authorities, Parliamentarians and stakeholders are all encouraged to read the paper and to respond to the consultation, which closes at the end of September. 

Read the paper and respond to the consultation

Labour Party Statutory Youth Service Consultation

The Labour Party has launched their consultation into the provision of a statutory youth service. The consultation looks at how this should be delivered, what it should deliver and how it should be funded. You can read the consultation documents here. Local authorities play a key role in delivering youth services, so it is important that Labour in local government has a strong voice in this consultation. The LGA Labour Group will be making a submission to this consultation, and we would welcome any input from Labour councillors. Please email If your Labour Group would like to make a submission then we would encourage you to do so.

News from the LGA

Record demand on sexual health services putting system at tipping point

Thousands of children to miss out on secondary school place in five years

LGA responds to YouGov survey of children's teeth brushing habits

Response to Lancet report on the predicted rise in care needs

LGA responds to Children's Society report on children's well-being

LGA responds to Age UK report on care funding comparison

LGA responds to Diabetes UK report on health check take-up figures

Opposition watch

Theresa May's Chequers deal is a 'fix' that will only lead to victory for Brussels, Boris Johnson says.

LGA Effective Opposition course

This programme, aimed at opposition leaders and deputy leaders, is designed to help participants to get a better understanding of how they can enhance the effectiveness of their role in leading an opposition group on their council. It will focus on a range of relevant topics, skills and techniques, including building good working relationships with key officers, engaging with external stakeholders, working with the local media and getting the most out of social media.

The programme will provide a unique, cross-party opportunity for participants to explore the nature of effective opposition and gain some insight into their personal leadership and influencing styles.

Programme 8: Thursday, 1st November – Friday, 2nd November 2018

Programme 9: Saturday, 19th January – Sunday, 20th January 2019

Fee: The cost for attending this two-day residential event is only £150, which covers the cost of accommodation, meals, tuition and materials

Find out more

By elections

By-elections held on 30 August:

Sevenoaks DC, Farningham
Con 542 [55.7%; -1.7%]
LD 260 [26.7%; +26.7%]
Lab 171 [17.6%; -5.6%]
Grn 0 [[0.0%; -19.5%]]
Conservative hold 

By-elections on 6 September:
Carlisle DC, Denton Holme
Cumbria CC, Denton Holme
Tameside MB, Ashton Waterloo