The LGA is the national voice of local government. We work with councils to support, promote and improve local government.
We are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.
We are a membership organisation. In total, 412 local authorities are members of the LGA for 2012/13. These include English local councils, Welsh councils via the Welsh LGA, and fire, national park, passenger transport and police authorities, plus one town council.
To deliver our vision for local government, in 2013/14 the LGA Business Plan will focus on achieving three outcomes.
Our work in each of these areas is set out in more detail in this business plan.
Reform of the public sector finance system so councils raise more funds locally, have confidence their financing is sustainable and fair, and greater ability to coordinate local public services.
Councils are recognised as central to economic growth.
Councils are at the centre, and seen to be at the centre, of public service reform and delivering more effective services for local people.
The focal point for the LGA's relationship management activity is through our team of five Principal Adivsers
This year we will be launching a number of campaigns to make sure we are maximise our impact on behalf of councils and to show we are responding quickly to council concerns. Each of our campaigns will use varying tactics to get our messages across. They will all focus on the issues that currently matter most to local government.