London Councils

London boroughs agree retrofitting housing plan

15/10/2021

A new plan to upgrade all housing stock in the capital has been agreed by all the London boroughs.

London needs 100,000 new homes each year to tackle housing crisis

16/08/2021

London needs 90-100,000 new homes each year to tackle the ongoing shortage of housing in the capital – double the number currently being built.

Coalition calls for reforms to ‘flawed’ apprenticeship levy

09/07/2021

The Government has been urged to make urgent reforms to the apprenticeship levy by a coalition by local government and major employers in London.

Net zero could generate £330bn investment into UK, commission finds

02/07/2021

Meeting net zero in London and the UK’s Core Cities could bring up to £330bn of investment into the UK, new analysis has revealed.

Boroughs call for ‘fit for purpose’ fire safety regime

15/06/2021

London boroughs marked the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire yesterday by calling on the Government to put in place a fire safety regime that is ‘fit for purpose’.

London's 'triple whammy' risks homelessness crisis

20/05/2021

London Councils has warned there is a ‘triple whammy’ of impending risks that threaten to push homelessness to record levels this summer.  

London repairs backlog hits 'staggering' £1bn

19/05/2021

The cost of the road maintenance backlog on London’s roads has now passed £1bn, according to the fourth annual ‘State of the City’ report from the London Technical Advisers Group (LoTAG).

London councils awarded £150,000 for digital projects

17/02/2021

Two local authority digital projects in London aimed at making smarter use of data have been awarded £75,000 each.

Nearly 90,000 children set to spend Christmas in temporary housing, warns London Councils

14/12/2020

Nearly 90,000 children in the capital will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation organised by their local council, new figures have warned today.

London boroughs vow to do more to tackle racial inequalities

09/12/2020

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities shows there’s ‘so much more to do’ to promote racial equality, London borough leaders have said.

Apprenticeship levy is 'flawed' says London Councils

02/12/2020

’Flaws’ in the apprenticeship levy are stopping councils from making use of the funds, London Councils has warned today.

London boroughs face £600m adult social care shortfall by 2025

23/11/2020

Local authorities in London have called on the Government to ensure adult social care receives the same funding increases as the NHS in the upcoming spending review.

Crisis call for return of Everyone In

04/11/2020

The chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has called for ring-fenced funding for councils to provide COVID-safe accommodation for anyone at risk of rough sleeping.

London boroughs call for £115m to retrofit energy inefficient buildings

03/11/2020

Local authorities in London are calling on the Government to ‘secure London’s environmental and economic future’ by increasing funding for councils to retrofit energy inefficient buildings.

London boroughs meet digital apprentices target

28/08/2020

Councils in London have met their target of recruiting 100 digital apprentices by September 2020.

Income compensation scheme fails to cover the cost of Covid

25/08/2020

Government plans to compensate councils for income lost due to COVID-19 are only likely to cover half the cost of the losses, it is claimed.

Evictions ban extended

21/08/2020

The Government has extended the ban on evictions of renters for a further month following lobbying by councils.

Councils warn of ‘avalanche of evictions’

21/08/2020

The local government sector is braced for a deluge of homelessness following the end of the evictions ban.

London councils triple the number of apprenticeships created by boroughs

18/08/2020

Local authorities in London have this year increased the number of apprenticeships created directly by boroughs by 14%, according to new data released by London Councils.

London boroughs face £23m rent arrears due to Universal Credit

22/07/2020

The rollout of Universal Credit is leading to thousands of council tenants falling behind on rent payments, new research commissioned by London Councils has found.

London Councils warn spending on homelessness is 'unsustainable'

08/06/2020

London boroughs are spending an extra £50m on homelessness services due to Covid-19, new figures have revealed.

London boroughs call for urgent increase to rateable value threshold

29/04/2020

London Councils has called for the rateable value threshold to be increased to help more businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic.

PPE supplies to 'run out within days'

24/04/2020

Dwindling supplies of vital life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline care workers will run out within days, the Local Government Association (LGA) warned today.

London has highest poverty rates, report shows

21/04/2020

London has greater levels of poverty than any other region in the UK, new figures have revealed today.

Next London mayor must ‘forge’ new template for devolution

24/02/2020

London boroughs have called on the next mayor to ‘reset’ the relationship between central Government and Britain’s cities and counties.

London Councils drives forward co-ordinated approach to car clubs

20/02/2020

London Councils has launched a new online resource to help boroughs take a more co-ordinated approach to car clubs.

London aims to be ‘first city’ to stop new HIV infections

05/02/2020

Over 30 organisations have joined together in an effort to make London the first city in the world to stop new HIV infections.

Boroughs in GP estate devolution call

24/01/2020

London Councils has called for more devolution to boroughs of decisions on the GP estate.

Sector presses for further action on cladding

21/01/2020

Building safety reforms billed as the ‘biggest change for a generation’ do not go far enough to clamp down on potentially dangerous cladding, councils argued this week.

Welfare provision ‘overly centralised’, London council chiefs say

17/10/2019

Council leaders in London have called on Whitehall to give them the powers to deliver local welfare support to residents.

Pledging to make air pollution a national priority

09/10/2019

Cllr Julian Bell explains how the capital's local government is leading the way by raising awareness of air pollution, and tackling it with innovative projects.

London boroughs warn of £540m care crisis

21/08/2019

A report has warned that unless Whitehall addresses the national social care crisis London’s adult social care system faces a funding gap of £540m by 2025.

Drug poisoning deaths up 16% in face of public health cuts

16/08/2019

Council chiefs warn that cuts to public health grants are a ‘false economy’ which make it more difficult to provide support and treatment to drug users.

Financial risk for children's services across London is 'unsustainable'

22/07/2019

Children’s services across London are facing an unsustainable level of financial risk, a new report commissioned by London Councils has warned.

Criminals making £100m a year from London’s illegal tobacco trade

28/06/2019

Illegal tobacco trade in London is bringing crime into communities and undermining stop smoking efforts, London Councils has warned today.

London Councils welcomes ‘new era of digital transformation’

10/06/2019

The London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) has officially launched today to help the digital transformation of public service.

Council tax system needs 'fundamental reform'

16/05/2019

The council tax system is ‘highly regressive and unsustainable,’ and needs ‘fundamental reform,’ progressive think-tank IPPR has argued.

London council budgets slashed 17% over last decade

13/05/2019

London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth – or 17% – per head over the last eight years, a new study has revealed.

Housing benefits should be ‘at least’ 30% of market rates, London Councils says

09/05/2019

London boroughs have called on Whitehall to lift the Local Housing Allowance to at least 30% of local market rates for private sector accommodation to help ease the pressure on councils.

Modular homes to be developed for homeless families in London

16/04/2019

Temporary modular homes are to be developed for homeless families in the capital following a £11m investment by mayor Sadiq Khan.

Councils collaborate to address homelessness crisis

14/03/2019

Over a dozen London boroughs have joined the collaborative programme Capital Letters, which aims to support homeless households across the capital.

Place jobcentres next to council services, London boroughs urge

24/01/2019

Jobcentre support should be placed alongside council services to help tackle long-term unemployment and in-work poverty, London Councils have said today.

London Councils forms company to tackle homelessness

02/01/2019

A not-for-profit company will be created to provide housing for homeless families in 11 London boroughs.

Capital's councils demand 'fair share' of new roads cash

13/11/2018

London’s boroughs have said they are not getting a fair share of road maintenance cash after they were awarded only £17m of the extra £420m for local authority roads announced during the budget.

London boroughs ‘hard hit’ by austerity, think tank says

09/05/2018

London’s boroughs have been ‘hard hit’ by Government cuts, a new analysis shows, with council spending in the capital falling by nearly a fifth in seven years.

Business rate pilot councils could see £870m cash boost says think tank

12/04/2018

Local authorities are missing out on millions of pounds because of an £870m cash boost to business rate pilot councils, according to a study today from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.

Electric vehicle charging points to quadruple in London next year

19/03/2018

London boroughs are set to deliver another 2,630 charging points in the next financial year, an increase of over 300%, according to a new survey.

Haringey leader to step down amid controversy over regeneration scheme

30/01/2018

Cllr Claire Kober has announced she will be stepping down from her position as the leader of Haringey Council in light of the controversy surrounding the borough’s regeneration plans.

Government is misguided on business rates, London Councils warns

17/01/2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) belief that councils do not want 100% business rates retention is misguided, London Councils has warned.

'Landmark' health and social care devolution deal agreed for London

15/11/2017

National and local leaders have signed a ‘landmark’ devolution deal for health and social care in London.

Kober reselected for Haringey seat

09/11/2017

The chair of London Councils and leader of Haringey LBC has fought off a challenge from Labour activists to keep her council seat.

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