This section provides more detail on the LGA's governance arrangements. You can access meeting dates, agendas and minutes, our forward plan, as well as details of the outside bodies to which the LGA appoints.

The diagram below sets out all of the LGA's political governance structures.  The membership of these bodies are cross party and made up of elected councilors from authorities within LGA membership. 

LGA General Assembly
The General Assembly acts as the ‘parliament' of local government, with all authorities in LGA membership entitled to have a minimum of one representative.  It meets each summer at the LGA's Annual Conference.

LGA Leadership Board
Meets every 6 weeks and directs the LGA's activities and business in accordance with the strategic priorities set by the LGA Executive. 

LGA Executive
Comprises of the LGA's Leadership Board members, Chairs of the Policy Boards and representatives from the 9 regions and Wales.   It provides strategic direction to the work of the LGA, with regard to advice from the Leadership Board.

Councillors' Forum
Is an advisory, consultative body which provides a steer to the LGA Executive and the Boards on current priority issues for local government.

The Boards each cover a specific policy area and develop a thorough understanding of councils' priorities in relation to their particular area. They use this intelligence to help shape the LGA's future priorities and oversee programmes of work to deliver them.

LGA constitution


The LGA Constitution sets out the purpose and aims of the Association, how decisions are made and the procedures to ensure that these decisions are transparent and accountable to our membership. The Constitution is supported by Standing Orders and Political Conventions.

Governance: Meetings and agendas

Meetings, agendas and minutes

Information regarding the LGA's formal member meetings can be found here. You can find agendas, reports and minutes of previous meetings, as well membership lists and councillor attendance records at meetings.  Information is also provided on dates of future meetings and issues that will be discussed in future.

Information management for member meetings

Information management for member meetings

The LGA is committed to openness and transparency.  As part of this, we have a Confidential Information Policy which sets out how information is managed for all of our Governance Structure meetings.  As a voluntary membership body we are not subject to the statutory framework governing local authority meetings but we endeavour to operate within the spirit of it as far as possible.

Governance: Forward plan

Forward plan

The LGA's forward plan provides a rolling three-month view of the work programme of the Leadership Board, LGA Executive and Councillors' Forum. The plan is reviewed by the Leadership Board on a six-weekly basis.

Governance: Outside bodies

Outside bodies

The LGA is represented on a wide range of outside bodies. These bodies are organisations to which the LGA appoints members and not bodies which the LGA has relationships with. Appointments are reviewed annually to ensure that the aims and activities of those outside bodies remain relevant to the LGA, its policies and priorities.

Governance: Outside bodies

Special interest groups

The LGA's Constitution allows member authorities with common characteristics to form groupings of authorities to express a sectional interest. Find out more about the Special Interest Groups which operate under the umbrella of the LGA.