Editor's picks

Karen Thornton, Editor of first, selects her highlights from the latest edition of the LGA's monthly membership magazine

Recent announcements have been all about the money, so January's edition of first has lots of information about the local government finance settlement and reaction to it, as well as to November's Autumn Statement.

Ahead of the Government's housing white paper, expected this month, the LGA's Housing Commission has published its final report on what needs to be done to get more homes – of all kinds of tenures – built where they are needed most.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we look at how the Leading Places project – which brings together universities and councils to work on local issues – is shaping up in Brighton & Hove, where the focus is on social care.

Professors Rallings and Thrasher provide a round-up of the year's by-election results, and you can find out about the resources available from the LGA to help you develop your community leadership skills.

As ever, let us know what you would like to see in your magazine by emailing first@local.gov.uk.

Generational shift in home ownership
LGA analysis reveals almost half of all 25-year-olds owned their home 20 years ago – compared to just a fifth who are on the housing ladder today.

Accountability and devolution
Outgoing Local Government Ombudsman Dr Jane Martin says councillors need to ensure that devolution does not make it harder for residents to raise concerns about services.

Parliament – social care funding
The LGA has been working with parliamentarians to make the case for additional government funding for adult social care.

6 January 2017