Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


  • Comment
The Local Government Association hopes to establish a united vision for the future of council relations with centra...
The Local Government Association hopes to establish a united vision for the future of council relations with central government during its annual conference in Bournemouth next week.

The process will begin with a debate at the association's general assembly on whether the LGA should produce a local government manifesto in a bid to influence the Westminster parties' election manifestos.

LGA chief executive Brian Briscoe said: 'We hope the conference will demonstrate that all parties in local government have a vision of what the relationship between councils and central government should be.'

The association hopes its key messages - that councils are serious about improving services and are shifting with changes to the economy, society and the public's expectations - will emerge strongly from the conference. It also wants to emphasise the value of local democracy and elected members.

The event will examine the future of local government, and the association plans to release three documents to highlight the theme.

The LGA annual review and a compilation of the latest information about local government's performance will sum up the present, while a document setting out three possibilities for the shape of councils in 2010 will examine the future.

A debate on freedoms and flexibility will see The Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland and Conservative MP Tim Houghton discussing how a far more relaxed local government regime might work.

Also speaking are Conservative leader William Hague, home secretary Jack Straw, London mayor Ken Livingstone and Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Don Foster.

LGA Conservatives plan to meet during the conference to discuss group elections.

They believe their own election rules should be changed to recognise the growth in Conservative support since the association was formed. At that point, the Tories controlled only 12 councils.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.