Adviser - Policy
Westminster - London

Vacancy Reference: SLOT-002710

Location: Westminster - London

Closing Date: 04/12/2022

Salary: £49,425 (incl London Weighting)

Employment Type: Permanent, full-time

Department: Policy - Place, LGA

Hours Per Week: 35

About us

The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national voice of local government. We work with councils to support, promote and improve local government.

We are a politically-led, cross-party organisation which works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils, so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems; as well as support local authorities with their own self-improvement.

There has never been a more exciting time to work for us.

​​​​​​​To find out more information about what it’s like to work at the LGA, please visit 'Benefits and working for the LGA'; and for information on equality and diversity at the LGA, please visit 'Equality and diversity at the LGA'.

​​​​​​​The role

Can you make a difference to peoples’ lives by helping local government plan for and deliver homes?
We are currently seeking an adviser to work primarily on two specific areas:

  • Housing and planning policy – ensuring that the broad policy framework for housing delivery enables councils to play a full role in meeting the housing needs of their communities and the wider local housing market
  • Housing improvement – commissioning and overseeing the delivery of improvement projects  

You will use your political awareness, excellent communication, policy-making and project management skills to shape policy, to advocate on behalf of the LGA and its members and to commission and oversee research and improvement projects.

Drawing on the experience of our member councils you will assess the implications of different policy options and develop proposals that help to support and improve local government, enabling it to deliver the best possible services for local residents.  

You will provide support to our boards and members, preparing briefings, papers and speeches.

You will work as part of a small team, collaborating closely with colleagues in media, research and public affairs and the LGA’s political group offices, as well as with our member councils, external partners and central government. 

The requirements

You will be working alongside national partners including relevant Government departments and national officer associations and will need to excel in relationship building and joint delivery of projects, as well as being able to engage directly with local authorities and offer bespoke support where required. Able to take a strategic and forward-thinking approach, you will have experience that demonstrates a track record of making a difference in a political context.

You will be an effective team player with excellent organisational and people skills. Ideally you will have a good knowledge and understanding of local government, as well as housing and planning. Candidates will need to be able to prioritise competing demands, delivering to deadlines in a fast-paced environment that can change rapidly.

Whilst knowledge of the specific policy areas referred to above may be an advantage, it is not a necessity for candidates who can demonstrate their ability to quickly grasp new and diverse policy areas. 

You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. ​​​​​​​

To apply

If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the online form and upload your CV detailing how you meet the criteria, on no more than two sides of A4. To find out more about this role, please contact Jo Allchurch, Senior Adviser (Housing, Planning and Homelessness) on

Closing date: 5pm, 4 December 2022

Interview date: W/C 12 December 2022​​​​​​​

At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit.  We are a Disability Confident Leader and, as such, the LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. 


This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.