LGA Liberal Democrat Group

The Liberal Democrats have just over 3,100 councillors across the UK. Consequently, our Group at the LGA plays a major role in the organisation. We are the persistent defenders of local democracy, arguing that what a local community can do for itself is best left to that community, without interference from central government.

You can find more information about the Group by viewing the "About us" section on the left.


Lib Dem Councillors - fighting for our environment

The LGA Liberal Democrat Group have produced an updated booklet on environmental good practice. You can find a copy at this link.


LGA Lib Dem Group Election Results 2013

The LGA Liberal Democrat Group have announced their election results for the team to serve from 1st September 2013. You can see the results here.


"Smoke and Mirrors" over New Homes Bonus

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Government on capital investment, Cllr Keith House, Lib Dem spokesman on Housing and Environment, has criticised the “smoke and mirrors” trick which will see £400 million of existing funding for councils being removed from councils as part of the Single Local Growth Fund.

New Homes Bonus is funded by money top-sliced from all councils. Diverting £400 million from the New Homes Bonus means that those councils that benefited from the scheme will now be forced to pool money which they were previously able to use directly to fund local services which matter most to their local areas”, Cllr House said.

 

He added: “After a further 10% cut, this will hit district councils especially badly and in particular those areas that have been promoting growth.  It's somewhat perverse from a government saying it is committed to localism in that New Homes Bonus cash will be siphoned off and then controlled by bodies that have very little democratic accountability.

“And for those areas that have put some of this funding back into the provision of affordable housing: that will clearly cease.

 

“It directly pulls the rug out from under substantial capital projects based on an assumption that government would actually follow through on its own policy.  Many of us were worried  that a future government would collapse New Homes Bonus, but for this government to do so makes a mockery of dialogue and trust.”

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

1.       The Treasury has announced that £400m of New Homes Bonus (NHB) will be pooled within the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas “to support strategic housing and economic development priorities”.  This is a significant proportion of the funding that is allocated through NHB – annual growth in NHB is about £200m – so it is a very important decision for those authorities who expect to receive NHB and who have built it into their budgeting plans. This is going into the Single Local Growth Fund for 2015-16.

 

2.       The overall pot for NHB will remain the same but that NHB allocations to individual authorities would then be partly pooled with the LEP.  This would in effect be a cut that is additional to the 10% real terms cut in overall funding because it would reduce the funding that local authorities can use at their own discretion. 

 

3.       The Government is going to consult on the mechanism for requiring that a proportion of this funding is pooled by Local Authorities. 

 

Council Group of the Year awards 2013

These were awarded by Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Cllr. Gerald Vernon-Jackson and Cllr Kath Pinnock at the Brighton Lib Dem Spring Conference in March 2013.

You can see more details of the winners at this link


Home Extensions – season of goodwill or neighbour vs. neighbour?

20th December 2012

 

Speaking as a cross party group of MPs cited their opposition to Government plans to allow larger extensions without planning permission, Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson, Liberal Democrat Leader at the LGA, said:

 

“Liberal Democrats will fight to protect our communities from these Tory proposals that amount to the creeping creation of tawdry towns and vulgar villages.

 

“The Secretary of State needs to think this through; how would he feel if his neighbour built an ugly extension, blocking sunlight to his home and then found his neighbour peering at him from a new window while he’s eating his bacon and eggs in his pyjamas?

 

“At a time when we should be reflecting on peace and goodwill these proposals will bring neighbour friction and ill will.  

 

“We are calling on our MPs and Lords to demolish these ludicrous proposals.”

 

 

‘DCLG are Doom Deniers’ – says Vernon-Jackson

November 22nd 2012

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson has labelled DCLG as ‘Doom Deniers’ for refusing to face up to the inevitable conclusions of the sector’s funding.

 

The accusation came after top DCLG officials, interviewed by a parliamentary select committee claimed the financial forecasting by the Local Government Association (LGA), known as the ‘Graph of Doom’, had taken a “most pessimistic interpretation”.  

 

Cllr Vernon-Jackson, who leads the Liberal Democrats on the LGA strongly refutes the suggestion the Association has been in any way pessimistic. He has said:

 

“The LGA has been totally realistic about what future we’re facing here. The Graph of Doom deliberately avoided pessimism and consistently took a realistic assessment of funding, carefully feeding in data in a cool, analytical way.

 

“The LGA will be looking for very clear, hard evidence to demonstrate why our analysis has been dismissed.

 

“In the meantime we will be gathering further evidence to help DCLG better understand the financial prospects the sector faces”

 


Planning changes could mean "Tawdry Towns and Vulgar Villages"

October 20th 2012                                                                                                                  

Liberal Democrats in local government have slammed the proposal by Conservative minister Nick Bowles on allowing larger home extensions to be built without planning permission beyond the three year period.

 

Cllr. Keith House, Environment Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats at the LGA, said: “This will not be acceptable to Lib Dems in local government and given the cross party opposition to the three year proposal, it is breathtaking that the government has not learned to listen on this subject.

 

“I appreciate this sounds like the Conservative side of the coalition flying a kite. Hopefully the Liberal Democrat side will show no hesitation in shooting it down. Otherwise this could lead to a creeping creation of tawdry towns and vulgar villages.

 

We are raising our strong concerns with Liberal Democrat colleagues in Westminster and Whitehall today, and we will be returning to this issue in the near future.”

 

ENDS

 

Note to editors: More details at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19955112

 


LGA Lib Dems launch crime fighting booklet

September 18th 2012

We have launched more details of the hard work our councillors have done to tackle crime and improve community safety in their neighbourhoods. A copy of the booklet can be found here.

Contact us:

Liberal Democrat Group
Local Government House
6th Floor
Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HZ

Phone: 020 7664 3235

Fax: 020 7664 3240

Email: libdem@lga.gov.uk

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