Editor's picks

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

Housing is one of the themes of this month’s magazine, with a feature on the LGA’s campaign aims following the publication over the summer of the Government’s Green Paper on Social Housing.

Many of you will have been to or will be attending your party’s annual conference, and I hope you find time to attend the LGA’s receptions and debates at these events. Ahead of the Labour and Conservative conferences, you can hear from Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire MP and John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing.

It’s not too late to respond to the LGA’s green paper on adult social care – the deadline is Wednesday 26 September.

Elsewhere in the magazine, you can find out about the councillors who sit on the LGA’s Executive. These are the people who represent you and set the LGA’s strategic direction, on your behalf.

We also take a look at how Cardiff is working towards becoming a UNICEF child-friendly city, and we hear from inspection agency Ofsted on how new arrangements for inspecting councils’ children’s services are panning out.