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.

As of 1 April 2015, all English councils are members of the LGA, with the exception of:

  • London Borough of Bromley
  • Sheffield City Council
  • London Borough of Wandsworth.

We are a membership organisation. In total, 414 authorities are members of the LGA for 2015. These members include 350 English councils, the 22 Welsh councils via the Welsh LGA, 31 fire authorities, 10 national parks via corporate membership through ENPAA and one town council.

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Business plan 2015-2016

To deliver our vision for local government, in 2015/16 our focus is on achieving four outcomes:

1. Funding for local government
The finance system is reformed so councils have confidence their financing is sustainable and fair, opportunities to raise more funds locally, and greater ability to promote collective working across local public services.

2. Devolution
There is a radical re-think of governance and accountability to achieve a real shift in power to local people.

3. Economic growth, jobs and housing
Councils are recognised as central to revitalising local economies.

4. Sector-led improvement
Councils are responsible for their own performance, effectiveness and efficiency, accountable before all else to their local communities.

Our work in each of these areas is set out in more detail in the LGA's business plan for 2015/16.

LGA Business Plan 2015/2016 (PDF, 30 pages, 895KB)

Principal advisers
The focal point for the LGA's relationship management activity is through our team of five principal advisers

LGA principal advisers

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. 

LGA campaigns

LGA Chair

Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell

Read about the LGA's political leadership  more...


Senior Management Team

Learn about Carolyn Downs and the senior team members who manage the work of the LGA  more...