Editor's picks

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

We had an amazing LGA annual conference in Birmingham in early July, where we revealed our latest £7.8 billion estimate of the funding gap facing local government by 2025 – and this is the figure just needed to maintain current service levels.

We also published a series of reports on funding, housing, schools, Brexit, non-metropolitan England and adult social care, as part of our new ‘Moving the conversation on’ campaign ahead of the 2019 Spending Review.

We heard from a range of national politicians, including Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP, Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP, and Brexit Minister Suella Braverman MP; Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner MP and Hilary Benn MP, Chair of the Exiting the EU Select Committee; Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable MP and LGA Vice-President Lord Best.

Conference’s Innovation Zone once again inspired delegates with the latest good ideas from councils, and we also launched our new resource for improving council communications.