In an article allegedly written by Prime Minister in the LGA's weekly newsletter to councillors Tony Blair described the shared priorities as 'historic'. He added: 'Local government - and the LGA in particular - has a central role to play in delivering the government's broader mission.'
LGA Conservative group leader Gordon Keymer warned the tone suggested Mr Blair saw the LGA as a branch of government.
Wiltshire CC leader Peter Chalke (Con) said: 'The LGA has been seduced by this government to work to the government's' agenda. It's spent too much time on things like [the shared priorities] which of course we all approve of. But [then] the government puts through an education bill which erodes the ability of councils to run education, and a scandalous decision to fine us over bed blocking when in fact they're not giving us enough money to address the problem.'
But Sally Powell said: 'The prime minister in his article described the shared priorities as a historic development, suggesting this approach has been a shared move. It's not simply about us delivering a central agenda. It's about getting support for local government and getting an acknowledgement from central government for the role of local government.'
by LGC political correspondent Varya Shaw