We work with councils and their partners to help create a workforce able to respond to major changes within the public sector.

Our support is designed to:

  • help councils develop a flexible and productive workforce
  • ensure an affordable and flexible pay, reward and conditions system for local government
  • work with different public sector employers to address the challenges and opportunities in the local workforce.

We have a key role in providing the main interface between employers and trade unions for consultation and negotiations on:

  • pay
  • pensions
  • workforce issues and advice; and
  • social partnership.

The employment groups within our remit include:

  • local government staff
  • teachers
  • firefighters
  • police and police support staff.

LGA working for local government

Working in consultation with, and on behalf of local authorities, regional employers and other stakeholders, we:

  • represent local government employer interests on pay, pensions and employment issues to central government, government agencies, trades unions, and European institutions
  • support the employers' sides of the national negotiating bodies
  • provide advice and support for councils implementing national pay and conditions agreements
  • offer technical advice, information and training on the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and related matters
  • deliver guidance and advice on employment issues including: employment law, sickness absence management, reward systems and structures, health and safety, age discrimination and the workforce implications of procurement.

Workforce library

Latest and previous editions of LGA workforce publications are available in the Workforce library.

Visit the Workforce library

In the library you'll find:

For workforce subscribers:

  • Advisory bulletins
  • Local government services information
  • Education bulletins
  • Fire and rescue bulletins
  • Coroners' bulletins
  • Forensic medical examiners.

Also available, to all visitors:

  • Police circulars
  • Local Government Pension Scheme information.


Workforce support

Information on the LGA Workforce Consultancy and LGA Workforce Subscription services.


Local Government Pension Scheme website

Workforce e-bulletin

Latest and previous editions of the workforce e-bulletin.

Workforce news podcast

Find out the latest information on issues that affect the local government workforce.

Living Wage podcast

The LGA has produced a podcast discussing the key issues about the living wage.

Knowledge Hub

Workforce Group on the Knowledge Hub

LGA Workforce Board

Information on the activity of the LGA Workforce Board.

Public health, local future

Comprehensive information for councils about the transfer of public health to local authorities from April 2013

Teachers' pensions

Comprehensive information covering teachers' pensions for LGA members and Workforce subscribers. Sign in required.