New Social Workers resource

The Recruitment and retention toolkit, employer standards, case studies, a new podcast and the Social Work healthcheck.

Public health, local future

Information for councils about the transfer of public health to local authorities.


LGA Workforce Library

Latest and previous editions of LGA workforce publications.


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.

November workforce podcast photo

Workforce news podcast

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


Local Government Pension Scheme website

Teachers' pensions

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

Workforce e-bulletin

Latest and previous editions of the workforce e-bulletin.

Living Wage podcast

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