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Viewpoint: Being ignored

June 21, 2016 by LGiU

Jonathan Flowers on experiencing the fear and frustration of not being listened to.


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Jo Cox

June 17, 2016 by LGiU

Alongside the rest of the country, we at LGiU are shocked and saddened beyond measure at the brutal murder of Jo Cox.


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Viewpoint: Mind and body go hand in hand for well-being

June 14, 2016 by LGiU

With one in four of us experiencing mental health problems in any one year, it’s important to recognise that promoting mental well-being is as important as physical well-being, says Tom Pollard.


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Viewpoint: A bitter pill to swallow

June 6, 2016 by LGiU

Chris Ford warns that the proposed cuts to community pharmacy funding represent a set back to tackling health inequalities and a major loss of important community assets.


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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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