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Municipal Postcard: Starting from scratch

July 31, 2015 by LGiU

What would you do if you were creating local government afresh? In Rwanda Andy Johnston found a relatively young local government sector underpinned by some long-standing concepts.


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Viewpoint: The trouble with the productivity puzzle? Too many pieces

July 24, 2015 by LGiU

'Productivity' is the buzzword of the moment, setting the mood music to the government's plans for the economy. Majeed Neky suggests that in an institutionally complex and fragmented landscape, devolution just might be the key to fostering a more productive nation.


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Viewpoint: how scrutiny councillors can shape the future of local government

July 22, 2015 by LGiU

The Centre for Public Scrutiny's Ed Hammond discusses the findings of their new report 'the Change Game', which finds that non-Cabinet councillors are being frozen out of the debate around council transformation and identifies ways for them to play a greater role in shaping these plans.


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Viewpoint: Building for the future

July 15, 2015 by LGiU

Last month the LGiU launched Under Construction, our report on the role of councils in future house building. Cllr Khevyn Limbajee from Waltham Forest explains how his council is tackling the housing crisis with an ambitious building programme.


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Viewpoint: Work placement schemes – what is your experience?

July 13, 2015 by LGiU

Cllr Karl Eastham from Southwark Council hopes to increase the job prospects of the young people in his borough with a work placement scheme. As he explains, he would be very interested to hear from anyone who has had experience in setting up or being involved in similar programmes around…


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Viewpoint: Timewise Councils

July 7, 2015 by LGiU

To help local authorities develop and implement real culture change around flexible working and hiring Timewise have developed the Timewise Council programme, Emma Stewart, Joint CEO of Timewise explains.


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Viewpoint: Be the champion of your community pub

July 6, 2015 by LGiU

CAMRA’s Campaigns Officer Faye Grima explains how councillors can actively protect pubs in their local area by nominating them to be listed as ‘Assets of Community Value’.


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Radical ideas for a better planning system

June 30, 2015 by LGiU

The planning system is not fit-for-purpose. A group of academics at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning (BSP) have developed a report outlining its shortcomings and suggesting some radical changes that are necessary. Yvonne Rydin, from the BSP explains.


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Walk this way

June 29, 2015 by LGiU

The Ramblers' ambitious new programme aims to record the condition of the network of paths across England and Wales with a view to improving maintenance - and we can all help; Campaigns Officer Victoria Armitage explains how.


Building-houses

Will devolution get more homes built?

June 22, 2015 by LGiU

Housing and planning, and more broadly, new approaches to mediation between conflicting interests, must be an area in which cities contemplating devolution seriously push the envelope, says Majeed Neky.


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