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Local Government Association offices in Smith Square, London

The Local Government Association is a voluntary lobbying organisation based in the UK, acting as the voice of the local government sector, and an authoritative and effective advocate on its behalf.

The LGA has its Head Office at Local Government House (formerly Transport House) in Smith Square, Westminster. Its members are various different types of local authorities, including county councils, metropolitan borough councils, London borough councils, non-metropolitan district councils and unitary authorities. The LGA does not cover parish and community councils, which are represented by the National Association of Local Councils[1] and by One Voice Wales.[2] In addition there are bodies such as London Councils (formerly the Association of London Government) and other regional bodies to bring together local authorities at the regional level.

The Welsh members are part of the affiliated Welsh Local Government Association. The equivalent organisation in Scotland is the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, and for Northern Ireland the Northern Ireland Local Government Association.

The LGA seeks to promote better local government; it maintains communication between officers in different local authorities to develop best practice. It also represents the interests of local government to national government and seeks to improve the image and reputation of local government generally.

The Chief Executive is John Ransford. Margaret Eaton, former leader of the City of Bradford Council, was elected chair of the LGA on 11 September 2008, replacing Sir Simon Milton who went to be London's Deputy Mayor Policy and Planning.

The LGA was formed on 1 April, 1997, in the middle of the 1990s UK local government reform which created unitary authorities. The association is the direct successor to several per-type associations, most recently the Association of County Councils, the Association of District Councils and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities. There continue to be Special Interest Groups within the LGA representing groups of authorities. These are largely per-type—the County Councils Network, the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities, and UNISIG, representing Unitary Authorities, but also include groups for coastal authorities, authorities with high ethnicity, and authorities with sparse populations, among others.



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