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Viewpoint: Public involvement strengthens the devolution hand

May 23, 2016 by LGiU

The Centre for Public Scrutiny has just launched a new paper on the stages that local areas will have to go through in agreeing and implementing a devolution deals which also highlights the need for greater public involvement, writes Ed Hammond.


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Viewpoint: Millions sweep complaints under the carpet

April 29, 2016 by LGiU

Consumer Rights have been thrown into the spotlight in the last year more than ever before, but there are still significant gaps in the public’s knowledge when it comes to how to complain, writes Lewis Shand Smith, Chief Ombudsman at Ombudsman Services.


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Viewpoint: Libraries change lives

April 26, 2016 by LGiU

Our public libraries are enormously loved and valued, to the extent that a whopping 265million visits were made to UK libraries last year. Cat Cooper urges great library services to enter the CILIP Libraries Change Lives award.


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Viewpoint: Devolution – are the sceptics right?

April 25, 2016 by LGiU

The fanfare led by George Osborne in relation to the ground-breaking devolution deal given to Manchester and the Northern Powerhouse saw a surge of excitement in the local government community. However, even with the wave of signed deals scepticism remains around what is truly driving this devolution revolution and the…


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Viewpoint: Building Better Places, a national call to action

April 20, 2016 by LGiU

In February the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment completed nine months of evidence gathering and deliberations and released their report Building Better Places. Matthew Carmona sees an opportunity to create better places for us to live.


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Viewpoint: Social services – who should decide?

April 18, 2016 by LGiU

New Zealand and England have strikingly different approaches to the role which local government should play in the delivery of major social services. Peter McKinlay looks at the differences - and the similarities.


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Viewpoint: Turning Denmark into a smart cities leader

April 15, 2016 by LGiU

Arup was commissioned by the Danish public authorities to complete a research study on the opportunity of smart cities for Denmark and the key next steps needed at a national level to bring the country to the forefront of the global smart cities market. Ina Dimireva explains.


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Can universities help councils to be more innovative?

April 7, 2016 by LGiU

How can councils be more innovative? Public Collaboration Lab's Suzanne Griffiths explains why Camden Council is working with the University of the Arts London to find new ways of delivering services - and asks for your help in promoting better partnerships between councils and higher education.


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Crowding out

April 6, 2016 by LGiU

Overcrowding seems to be something we all talk about, but how do we solve the problem or begin to address its effects? Rose La Touche from Camden Council introduces a new project she is running to try to mitigate some of the problems that people living in overcrowded conditions face.


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