Speaking after the Downing Street launch of the£1.5bn scheme to boost adult literacy and numeracy, Sir Jeremy Beecham, LGA chair, said: 'Local councils are best placed to reach out to the people this scheme aims to assist.
'Local authorities can help identify the seven million adults through their work with social services, residents associations and community groups.
'And councils can work with the Learning and Skills Councils and other organisations to offer learning opportunities through schools, libraries and adult training courses.'
Sir Jeremy added: 'In their role as community leaders, employers and service providers, local authorities have already had a key role in developing the 'Skills for Life' schemes in the nine Pathfinder areas.
'As one of the biggest employers in the country, local authorities welcome the scheme's opportunities to help public sector workers who wish to improve their basic skills.'
The nine Pathfinder areas are: Liverpool, Tyne and Wear, Leeds, Nottinghamshire, Birmingham, Cambridgeshire, the Isle of Thanet, Gloucestershire and East London