LGA Independent Group Bulletin - 7 June 2021

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LGA Independent Group Bulletin

7 June 2021


Dear Members

Key updates and dates for your diary below:

Appointments – LGA Policy Boards

Each year the LGA Independent Group Executive make appointments to the LGA’s Policy Boards, Outside Bodies, European Committees, Workforce Panels and Regional Peer team.

If you would like to apply for an appointment please complete the relevant form below and note the Performance Protocol on our website by Friday 2 July 2021.

If you have any questions please contact the Head of Group Office on sarah.woodhouse@local.gov.uk

Group Elections – voting now open

All Members should have received their electronic ballot papers for our Group Elections, on Thursday 3 June in an email titled LGA Independent Group leadership elections – your voting link.

If you do not think you’ve received this email (please do check your Junk folder) or have any issues opening it please contact james.harman@local.gov.uk

The deadline for votes to be received is 5pm on Thursday 1 July 2021.

New councillor events

For all new councillors, the LGA are holding welcome events, which include the opportunity to find out more about the work of the LGA, Independent Group and meet your Regional Peers. If not already, sign up to attend one of the events on the website. Dates are: 11 June, 22 June and 28 June.

Our peers are also holding ‘drop-in surgeries’ for new members who have questions as they settle into their new roles. These will be taking place on 13 July and 9 September; further details to follow.

LGA Conference – free to attend

The year the LGA’s Annual Conference is taking place virtually from the 6-8 July. As well as a full programme of events, including political plenaries, improvement and innovation sessions and expert panels, we are also holding a number of group-only events.

Confirmed speakers already include Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, Lord Stephen Greenhalgh, Sir Ed Davey, Roman Kemp, Prof Sir Michael Marmot and Prof Chris Whitty.

To book your free place at LGA Conference please do so on the website.

To find out more and sign up for the LGA Independent Group Events, including our AGM, please fill out our booking form. This form also invites you to sign up to our think tanks and Member Networks.

Housing Think Tank meeting

The LGA Independent Group would like to invite you to a Think Tank meeting on the topic of Housing Numbers.

There will be a presentation from Shelly Rouse (Principal Consultant, Planning Advisory Service). The presentation examines the technical way housing numbers by the Government’s standard method are worked out in a ‘non planner’ way. It then goes on to cover how the Local Plan process can take the next step in looking at whether that number can be accommodated or whether there are constraints. It covers key things to discuss and work with officers on. If you would like to attend please email the group office on independent.grouplga@local.gov.uk.

Candidate School 2021-22

We will be running our Candidate School again this year for those standing in next year’s elections. Sessions are aimed at those standing for the first time, although existing councillors also found the events extremely helpful. If you have prospective candidates already lined up, they can now sign up to join our Candidate School mailing list on our website.

Leadership Essentials: Sport and Physical Activity

Sport England and the Local Government Association are delighted to announce the return of the successful Leadership Essentials programme for members with responsibility for, or interest in, physical activity. We are piloting an online version of the previously residential programme. It will be an important opportunity for new portfolio holders and if members attended the residential programme a few years ago the content has been refreshed in light of the current context and challenges.

Starting in July this free, online programme will support portfolio holders of sport and physical activity to better understand and harness their leadership role in light of the changing context for sport and physical activity in councils and the new health landscape, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications and opportunities for recovery and renewal, taking a place based approach. 

The programme consists of six online sessions from Tuesday 13 July – Friday 30 July 2021. To book your free place email grace.collins@local.gov.uk

Induction for health and care lead members

The LGA are holding induction sessions for political and clinical leaders in health and care on 29 June 2021, 10am – 3pm via zoom.

This leadership development session is aimed at those new to Health and Wellbeing Board Chair/Co/Vice Chair, CCG Chair or any other leading political or clinical role relating to health or adult social care.

For further information and to make a booking please email CHIP@local.gov.uk.

New NALC LGBT+ Network

Last week NALC announced the latest in our new series of council and councillor networks, with the first meeting of the LGBT+ Network on 14 June. If you are a Town and Parish Councillor you can sign up via their website.

EU Councillors’ Cross-Party Network launch in partnership with the3million - 7 June, 5.00pm-6.00pm

the3million, an organisation working for the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and a group of cross-party, elected EU Councillors are launching a special network for Councillors from EU/EEA/Swiss backgrounds to work together towards better representation of EU citizens in UK local democracy.

Register for the first meeting and please help us identify all EU Councillors.