The LGA Labour Group publishes a variety of reports to provide a strong voice for Labour councillors and to act as a platform for ideas and argument for all those committed to an effective localist element to Labour politics and policies.
Below you can find our latest publications.
The Labour Party Conference takes place on 21-25 September 2019 in Brighton. We will be promoting our #CouncilsCan campaign, highlighting the need for financial certainty and a new localism settlement to empower councils as the democratically elected leaders closest to their communities, to take on greater responsibilities for their places.
In this year’s LGA debate, in partnership with Curtin&Co, a high-profile panel will be discussing what is needed in the Queen’s Speech to turn our Councils Can report, setting out the need for a new localism settlement, into reality.
Becoming a councillor can be both useful to your community and stimulating for you. Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work, and that you balance the needs and interests of residents, the Labour Party, and the council itself.
Every year the LGA Labour Group produces an Annual Report and Review, containing reports about our work over the last year. In the 2019 Annual Report there are articles from Jeremy Corbyn MP, Cllr Nick Forbes (Newcastle Upon Tyne), Cllr Farah Hussain (Redbridge), Cllr Anne Western (Derbyshire) and Cllr Anthony McKeown (High Peak).
100 More Innovations in Power showcases the innovations by Labour councils and the differences that this is making to the communities they represent. Following on from our successful 100 Innovations in Power booklet in 2017, over 90 Labour local authorities are referenced for their work in improving their communities in the face of 9 years of Tory austerity. If you’re looking for examples of best practice in Labour local government or ideas for your manifesto, then this booklet is a must read. You can also visit www.lgalabourinnovations.com for even more innovations of Labour in power.
Labour in local government’s priorities for the next Labour Government.
How a Jeremy Corbyn-led administration could work with local government to deliver for the many, not the few.
Over 60 Labour Local Authorities from across England and Wales have contributed their achievements to this publication. Despite swingeing government cuts to their local budgets, Labour councils work hard to provide services and opportunities for their communities. It is a showcase of local government innovation on a national scale.
The LGA Labour Group Annual Report & Review 2018 is a round-up of news and activity for Labour Local Government in the last year. This includes articles from Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Andrew Gwynne MP, Cllr Nick Forbes (Newcastle upon Tyne), Cllr Lib Peck (Lambeth) Mayor Andy Burnham(Greater Manchester), Cllr Alice Perry (Islington) and Cllr Susan Woodward (Staffordshire and Lichfield).
The LGA Labour Group Annual Report & Review 2017 is a round-up of news and activity for Labour Local Government in the last year. This includes articles from Cllr Nick Forbes (Newcastle upon Tyne), Mayor Sadiq Khan (London), Cllr Kate Haigh (Gloucester), Cllr Tudor Evans (Plymouth) Cllr Alice Perry (Islington) and Cllr Sir Steve Houghton (Barnsley).
This guide is for Labour Party members thinking about becoming a Labour Councillor. The Guide covers: - The role of a Councillor - How to go about getting selected - Being an effective Councillor.
The LGA Labour Group Annual Report & Review 2016 is a round-up of news and activity for Labour Local Government in the last year. This includes articles from Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Jon Trickett MP, Cllr Nick Forbes (Newcastle upon Tyne), Cllr Sharon Taylor (Stevenage), Mayor Marvin Rees (Bristol), Cllr Alice Perry (Islington) and Cllr Vince Maple (Medway).
The LGA Labour Group's annual Report & Review 2015 includes a round-up of news and activity for Labour Local Government in the last year. This includes articles from Rt. Hon.
This guide is for disabled members and those running local parties, organising campaigning and events and thinking about making meetings more accessible. It has been produced in consultation with disabled members and particularly on guidance produced by both Disability Labour (the Labour Party's affiliate group for disabled members) and the Local Government Association.
The LGA Labour Group's annual Report & Review 2014 includes a round-up of news and activity for Labour Local Government in the last year. This includes articles from Ed Miliband MP, Hilary Benn MP, Cllr David Sparks (Dudley), Cllr Jim McMahon (Oldham), Cllr Sharon Taylor (Stevenage), Cllr Jas Athwal (Redbridge), Cllr Sue Murphy (Manchester) and Cllr Simon Henig (Durham).
This report sets out new best practice case studies from Labour councils demonstrating how they are:
The LGA Labour Group has published the Annual Report & Review 2013. This includes lots of news and updates for Labour councillors including articles from Ed Miliband MP, Hilary Benn MP, Cllr David Sparks and local government leaders including Cllr Keith Wakefield (Leeds), Cllr Anne Western (Derbyshire), Cllr Catherine West (Islington) and Cllr Jim McMahon (Oldham).
"While the Labour Party may not be in government nationally, we are increasingly in government locally, and we are achieving a lot. It is a source of pride and inspiration for our movement that in communities across the country Labour councillors are leading the way in exceptionally tough times for local government." (Hilary Benn, Foreword)
In the immediate aftermath of the financial crash in 2008, this report began an important debate within Labour local government about how we can support and protect communities, local economies and public services during tough economic times.
Using evidence from the work of Labour councils, this report shows that despite cuts and attacks from the Tory-led Government they are working hard to put our values into practice.