Who we are and what we do

We are the national voice of local government, working with councils to support, promote and improve local government.


Who are our members?

We are a membership organisation. In total, 415 authorities are members of the LGA for 2017/18. These include 349 English Councils, the 22 Welsh councils via the Welsh LGA, 30 fire authorities, seven national parks, five Parish/Town Councils via corporate membership with NALC, one town council and Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee. Currently, Gosport Borough Council and the London Boroughs of Barnet, Bromley and Wandsworth are not members of the LGA.

What is the LGA?

We are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.

Our improvement offer

The LGA provides a range of practical support, on a free of charge and/or subsidised basis, to enable local authorities to exploit the opportunities that this approach to improvement provides. This includes support of a corporate nature such as leadership programmes, peer challenge, LG Inform (our benchmarking service) and programmes tailored to specific service areas such as children's, adults', health, care, financial, culture, tourism, sport and planning services.