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Viewpoint: Piecing together the education system

February 9, 2016 by LGiU

Unwittingly, argues Sarah Phillips, we are drifting away from an effective national education system to fragmented centralism. 2016 could be the year when we take a good hard look at all the pieces and seize the opportunity to shape a better system.


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Feeling the pressure: Scottish local government funding

February 5, 2016 by LGiU

In the face of a tight spending settlement, Scottish councils are preparing plans for service cuts and council tax rises. The future of local government funding is therefore set to be one of the big issues in May’s Holyrood election, writes Andy Johnston.


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Why should we celebrate our libraries this Saturday?

February 4, 2016 by LGiU

This weekend sees the fifth National Libraries Day, writes Mark Taylor, a country-wide celebration of libraries and why they matter to families and communities, to the economy and society.


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Viewpoint: Striking a balance

January 19, 2016 by LGiU

Being a councillor and a parent are the two most important and rewarding roles in my life, writes Gareth Siddorn, but the way local government is structured means that I often get to the end of the week feeling that I haven’t fulfilled either to the best of my ability.


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Viewpoint: Innovating for local government

January 8, 2016 by LGiU

Croydon councillors are working with NEF to develop new and innovative ideas for for service delivery in response to the challenges thrown up by the current lay of the local government landscape,as Councillor Jamie Audsley explains.


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The governance of flooding in Britain is a mess

January 4, 2016 by LGiU

As the full impact of this winter's floods becomes clearer local authorities are putting their plans into action and helping their communities to cope, writes Andy Johnston. Councils will rightly be expected to provide shelter for those made homeless, inform householders about support, reopen roads and work hand in hand…


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Viewpoint: Customer insight the digital way

December 2, 2015 by LGiU

There has been an explosion of interest in ‘digital’ recently as a response to financial challenges and customer expectations. The work of the Government Digital Services team at a national level has demonstrated what is possible, writes William Benson, Chief Executive of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.


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