The LGA Articles of Association allows member authorities with common characteristics to form groupings of authorities to express a sectional interest.
It is open to any 10 or more full member authorities with common features, interests or concerns, to form a Special Interest Group (SIG), Under exceptional circumstances, the LGA Board may agree to the establishment of SIGs for smaller groups of authorities.
Download an application to form an LGA SIG.
SIGs are able to make representations direct to Government and elsewhere on matters arising directly from their special interest, and to obtain LGA assistance in doing so. All SIGs are required to submit a full report at the end of April each year to the LGA Board, covering such matters as their dealings with Government departments. SIGs are established for five years, and continuation of the SIG for longer than five years will be subject to SIG Member Councils restating the case for maintaining the SIG to the LGA Board.
All current LGA SIGs and the relevant contact details are listed below.
Special Interest Groups which operate under the umbrella of the LGA
- Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO)
ALGAO has four key objectives: to provide a strong voice for local authority historic environment services and promote these within local government to strengthen and develop their role within local government in delivering local, regional and national government policy; to ensure that local government historic environment services are included within policy (national, regional and local) for culture and education; to ensure that policy aims to improve the sustainable management of the historic environment; and to promote development of high standards in the historic environment profession.
Contact: Quinton Carroll (Historic Environment Team Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council)
Telephone: 01223 728565
- Coastal SIG
The LGA Coastal SIG exists to champion the collective interests of coastal communities by increasing awareness and debate on environmental, economic and social issues at all levels in relation to the coast. We have a membership of 57 coastal local authorities. Together we cover 60% of England’s coastline and serve 16 million people.
- Co-operative Councils Innovation Network SIG
Contact: Jonathan Downs
Address: Oldham Council, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham
Telephone: 0161 770 5691
- Councils with ALMOs Group (CWAG)
- County Councils Network
Contact: Simon Edwards
Telephone: 0207 664 3006
Website: County Councils Network website
- District Councils Network
- F40 Group of Education Authorities
- Key Cities SIG
Key Cities comprise 26 of England's mid-sized cities, covering the length and breadth of England. These cities, with a combined GVA of £163 billion and population of 7.9 million, play a key role in their regional economies
Contact: Rachel Todd, Salford City Council
Website: Key Cities
- Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF)
The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) is the UK's leading collaborative shareholder engagement group. It aims to protect fund and beneficiaries' long term investment interests, by promoting the highest standards of corporate governance and corporate responsibility amongst the companies in which they invest.
Contact: Councillor Doug McMurdo, Chair
Telephone: 0207 3927880
Website: LAPFF forum
- National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA)
- National Association of Police, Fire and Crime Panels (NAPFCP)
The National Association of Police, Fire and Crime Panels will represent the views and interests of police and crime panels / police, fire and crime panels, which are hosted by local authorities and on which all English and Welsh authorities outside London are represented.
Contact: Emma Tombs (Secretary)
Telephone: 03330 322709
- New Nuclear Local Authorities Group (NNLAG)
- Nuclear Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management SIG
- Public Transport Consortium
Chair: Cllr Harold Davenport
Telephone: 01663 763986
Contact: Administrator – Ellie Thornley
Telephone: 07757 944689
Website: Public Transport Consortium
- Rural Services Network
- Shared Chief Executives Network - Dormant
Contact: Kevin Dicks
Chief Executive of Redditch BC and Bromsgrove DC
Telephone: 01527 534000
- SIGOMA (Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities)
- Strategic Aviation SIG (SASIG)
SASIG works for local authorities in a strategic manner on national aviation policy to reconcile economic, social and environmental issues.
All LGA local authorities with an airport in or near their jurisdiction are welcome to join the SIG. Please contact us for a discussion about the work of the group.
Contact: SASIG Secretariat
Telephone 07860 218477 – n.b. in the event we cannot take your call, please leave a message with full inquiry and contact details.
- Unitary Councils’ Network
Contact: Cllr Paul Bettison OBE
Co-ordinator and Leader of Bracknell Forest Council
Telephone: 07836 287050
- World Heritage Sites