Local Government Association

The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities in England and Wales. Its core membership is made up of 317 English councils and the 22 Welsh councils through the Welsh Local Government Association.  

Local Government Association building, Smith Square, Westminster
Local Government Association building, Smith Square, Westminster

The LGA is politically-led and cross-party. As the national voice of local government, it works on behalf of councils to give local government a voice with national government, to promote the reputation of the sector and to secure funding and powers on behalf of councils and the communities they serve. It aims to support councils to improve and innovate through peer-based support, and it co-ordinates collective legal actions on behalf of the sector.

The LGA also provides membership services to other organisations through an associate scheme, including fire and rescue  authorities, national parks authorities, town councils, police & crime commissioners and elected mayors of combined authorities.

The Chair of the LGA is Councillor Shaun Davies and the chief executive is Mark Lloyd CBE

History Edit

On 1 April 1997, the Association of County Councils, the Association of District Councils and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities came together to form a single membership body for local government in England – the Local Government Association (LGA). 

In 2010, the LGA merged with the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), Local Government Employers (LGE), Local Authority Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) and the Leadership Centre for Local Government. The IDeA, whilst wholly owned by the LGA, continues to exist as a company and the recipient of central government grant for improvement activities. The Leadership Centre is now an independent body based in North London.

In April 2019, the former unincorporated LGA was replaced by the LGA unlimited company,[1] enabling it to hold title to its two properties – its headquarters in Smith Square, Westminster and the former IDeA headquarters in Farringdon.

The LGA’s annual meeting – the General Assembly - takes place on the first Tuesday of July each year. The 2019 assembly passed a motion declaring a climate emergency and calling on government to explore the domestic implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through funded partnership roles with local authority areas and encouraging councils to continue to link local priorities with the overall ambitions of the SDGs.

Chairs of the LGA Edit

Board directors Edit

Role Councillor Council
Chairman[2] Shaun Davies [Telford and Wrekin]]
Senior Vice chair Kevin Bentley [Essex CC]
Deputy chairs John Fuller OBE South Norfolk District Council
Director Izzi Seccombe OBE Warwickshire County Council
Director Joe Harris Cotswold District Council
Director Marianne Overton MBE Lincolnshire County Council

North Kesteven District Council

Director Robert Alden Birmingham City Council
Director Michael Payne Gedling Borough Council

Main priorities Edit

The LGA's published business plan sets out the association's main lobbying priorities for 2019-22. They are:

  • Funding for local government
  • Adult social care, health and wellbeing
  • Children, education and schools
  • Places to live and work
  • Strong local democracy
  • Sustainability and climate action

Associated companies Edit

The LGA has a number of associated companies.

  • GeoPlace is a joint venture between the LGA and Ordnance Survey
  • LGA (Digital Services) is a partnership between the LGA and Brent Council
  • Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd is wholly owned by the LGA through the IDeA company
  • LGA Commercial Services Ltd is wholly owned by the LGA
  • The LGA is a founder member of the Local Government Mutual (LGM) and a shareholder in the UK Municipal Bonds Agency (UKMBA)
  • Local Partnerships is a joint venture between the LGA, HM Treasury and the Welsh Government

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Agenda item - Local Government Mutual Update". 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Our meetings and Leadership | Local Government Association". www.local.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 November 2020.

External links Edit