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Cllr Nick Forbes: Leader of the LGA Labour Group

News from Local Labour

Liverpool is set to be at the global forefront of a new wave of technology. It is home to Sensor City, a £15m business hub that aims to create 300 start-up businesses and 1,000 jobs over the next decade.

Nottinghamshire County Council have become the first County to sign up to a new Charter helping employees with terminal illnesses stay in their job. Sandwell and Harrow Councils have also signed up to the Charter.

If your authority wants to sign up to the Charter, contact the TUC Midland Regional Secretary, Lee Barron by emailing contact@dyingtowork.co.uk

Tower Hamlets now has 10 ‘Green Flag’ award-winning public parks.

A new council team is set to help keep Blackpool's streets clean and tidy.

Job vacancies:

London Borough of Islington, Labour Group Office – Research officer

Job spec and application here.

Closing date: Monday 12th September 2016 at 23:59 Interview date: Friday 23 September 2016. For more information about the role, contact Matt Rhodes, Head of the Group Office on matthew.rhodes@islington.gov.uk.

Political Advisor to the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson

Writer for the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson

Head of Policy and Research to the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson

Correspondence Assistant to the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson.

The closing date for these jobs is 6th September and details can be found here

National News

The Chairman of Ofsted David Hoare has announced his resignation.

Hundreds of thousands of low income households in Britain face a living standards crisis by 2020

New analysis published by the LGA shows that more than 70,000 social housing tenants could face average rent rises of more than £1,000 a year under the Government's "Pay to Stay" scheme. 

Boundary changes could affect up to 200 Labour seats, says analysis.

Plan to 'transform' NHS could lead to downgrade of major London hospitals.

Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England.

The Government will miss its commitment to build a million homes by 2020 by more than a quarter unless radical reform takes place, Shelter suggests.

UK women still far adrift on salary and promotion as gender pay gap remains a gulf.


News from Wales

The countdown is on to the opening of a new £6m community and leisure facility in the south of Cardiff. 


News from the Labour Party

Labour has launched a new nationwide consultation to develop the Party’s policies to fight discrimination and promote racial equality.

Tom Watson has said pay rises for David Cameron’s advisers are über-cronyism, totally unacceptable and Theresa May should claw the money back.


News from LGA

LGA calls on Government to rethink pay to stay policy

'Tombstoning' youngsters could be leaping to their deaths, councils and fire chiefs warn

Councils call for oversight of academy finance

Councils respond to latest housebuilding statistics


Leadership Essentials Finance Programme

Programme 4: Tuesday 6th September – Wednesday 7th September 2016


Programme 5: Saturday 15th October – Sunday 16th October 2016 – Limited spaces left

Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry CV4 7AL.

The aim of every local authority, as well as balancing the books for the years ahead, is long term financial sustainability, but the finance agenda continues to stretch councils more than ever before. To learn more about the role of leaders and portfolio holders in a changing financial environment and to hear more about the tried and tested solutions for managing complex financial portfolios, join the two day residential funded Leadership Essentials Finance Programme.

Please contact Grace.collins@local.gov.uk or Tel: 020 7664 3054.


Opposition Watch

A Tory councillor who gave a fake address to run for election in a safe Conservative seat has been jailed for two months.

Ukip leadership candidate calls for BBC to be privatised.



There were no by-elections held on Thursday 25th August.

There are 5 by-elections taking place on Thursday 1st September: 

  • Dorset CC, Ferndown

  • Bournemouth UA, Kinson North

  • Cornwall UA, Four Lanes

  • Stockton UA, Grangefield

  • East Dorset DC, Parley.

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