News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 16 October 2018

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16 October 2018

News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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Nick Forbes

Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader of the LGA Labour Group

***Last chance to sign ‘Breaking Point’ petition***

There has been a phenomenal response to the new ‘Breaking Point’ campaign we launched last Friday – over 3500 Labour councillors have now signed up!

The Tories have pushed our councils to Breaking Point - and we need every Labour councillor to join together to say that enough is enough. We’re demanding that the Prime Minister and Chancellor truly end austerity in local government by:

- Using the Budget to reverse next years planned £1.3bn cut to council budgets;

- Immediately investing £2bn in children’s services and £2bn in adult social care to stop these vital emergency services from collapsing;

- Pledging to use the Spending Review to restore council funding to 2010 levels over the next four years

If you haven’t yet added your name please take a moment to do so now – just click here.

We will be presenting the Breaking Point petition to Downing Street on 18th October, ahead of the Budget on 29th October, and including your name will demonstrate to your local members, residents, and communities that you are demanding a real end to austerity in local government.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader of the LGA Labour group

Save the date: Labour Local Government Conference 2019

Please save the date of next year’s Labour Local Government Conference 2019 in your diary! It will take place at The Slate, Warwick University. The details are:

Friday 8 February 2019, 19.30 – 22.30hrs

Drinks reception and dinner

Saturday 9 February 2019, 09.30 – 17.00hrs

Labour Local Government Conference

Run jointly by the Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) and the LGA Labour Group, the event is an opportunity for the Labour local government family to meet and hear from keynote speakers, and to debate policies, discuss campaigning ideas, and attend training relevant to Labour councillors.  We will be advertising details of how to book your place soon including how to book accommodation, but for now please save the date.

News from Local Labour

Leeds Council has partnered with Telcom Group to provide free Wi-Fi to social housing residents as part of ongoing efforts to combat digital exclusion

Islington Council and City Hall housing chiefs call on surveyors to stop developers skimping on affordable homes

Gedling Council to remove burial fees for all children under 18

Warrington to become the first local authority to be powered entirely by solar

Bradford Council is teaming up with the LGA and NHS Digital to pioneer an opportunity in Adult Social Care that utilises artificial intelligence

News from Wales

Debbie Wilcox, leader of the Welsh Local Government Association, has responded to the announcement that Welsh councils are facing cash cuts for next two years

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP pays tribute to the Fire Brigades Union at Centenary Service

£7 billion leached away from social care funding by austerity-obsessed Government – Barbara Keeley MP

Tories hitting young people with punitive Universal Credit sanctions – Margaret Greenwood MP

Years of austerity have pushed families into worryingly high levels of household debt – Peter Dowd MP

Winning England: How can Labour reach voters in Yorkshire?

All Labour supporters are welcome to attend this event, run by the English Labour Network. Sat 20 Oct, 10am at Civic Hall (East Room), Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Join shadow cabinet minister Jon Trickett MP, Rachel Reeves MP, Leeds Council Leader Judith Blake and the English Labour Network's John Denham to discuss how Labour can do more to reach voters in Yorkshire, particularly working class voters and those beyond the major cities. RSVP here.

Labour Planning Commission

The Housing Crisis, fracking, land banking and lack of access to modern technologies, are just some of the significant issues that affect our local communities. The Planning Commission has been created to combat this, as the Labour Party feels that the planning system needs to rediscover its vision and once again reflect the needs of communities, from rural to urban. The Planning Commission aims to help revive neighbourhoods and town centres in decline, and address the urgent need for better infrastructure. 

The Planning Commission are holding a regional meeting with Liverpool City Council at Liverpool, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1DS on 25 October and are encouraging local councillors to attend the meeting from 16:00-17:15.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please rsvp to

News from the LGA

LGA responds to Theresa May's announcement on mental health and suicide

Response to homelessness funding announcement

LGA responds to report by Think Local Act Personal and the Coalition for Collaborative Care

LGA responds to NHS Digital figures from the National Child Measurement Programme

LGA responds to CQC State of Care report

LGA: Almost £1 billion of European Social Fund at risk of being sent back to Brussels

Eight in ten retailers selling knives to children in some areas, councils reveal

LGA responds to IFG public finances Performance Tracker

LGA responds to government's loneliness strategy

Opposition Watch

Green Party urges activists to try to win votes from BNP supporters

Tory Westminster councillor resigns after hospitality inquiry

By elections

By-elections held on 11 October:

Adur DC, Southlands
Con 395 [40.5%; +10.6%]
Lab 448 [45.9%; +16.9%]
Green 132 [13.5%; +13.5%]
[Lib Dem 69 [9.8%; -9.8%]]
[UKIP 52 [31.2%; -31.2%]]
Labour gain from UKIP

Hartlepool UA, Hart
Con 200 [13.8%; -3.4%]
Lab 582 [40.2%; +1.5%]
Green 27 [1.9%; +1.9%]
Ind 637 [44.1%; +0.1%]
Ind gain from Labour

Warrington UA, Penketh and Cuerdley
LD 100 [4.6%; -3.3%]
Con 479 [22.1%; -19.2%]
Lab 691 [31.8%; -19.0%]
Green 47 [2.2%; +2.2%]
UKIP 69 [3.2%; +3.2%]
Ind 784 [36.1%; +36.1%]
Ind gain from Labour

West Lancashire BC, Tanhouse
Lab 464 [72.3%; -12.8%]
Ind 129 [20.1%; +20.1%]
Con 49 [7.6%; -7.3%]
Lab Hold

Halton UA, Ditton
LD 97 [11.1%; +11.1%]
Con 135 [15.4%; +15.4%]
Lab 644 [73.5%; +11.6%]
[Ind 575-38.1%; -38.1%]
Lab Hold

By-elections on 18 October:

Hackney LB, Victoria
Oxfordshire CC, Iffley Fields and St. Mary’s