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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.

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.

Viewpoint: Implementing the Education and Adoption Act

April 4, 2016 by John Fowler

The Education and Adoption Act 2016 commenced on Monday 18 April 2016. John Fowler, Policy Manager, LGiU, looks behind the implementation and finds the DfE must do better. [This is an updated blog of one originally published on 4 April 2016] The Education and Adoption Act 2016 (Commencement, Transitional Provisions and Savings)…



Wellbeing and Fun in the Budget 2016

March 22, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

In the midst of the furore surrounding the latest Budget, which contained many major changes affecting local government, it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller changes affecting wellbeing. As part of our research around the Wellbeing and Fun policy theme this year, we have summarised all the changes affecting parks,…

Viewpoint: The Art of Commissioning

March 18, 2016 by LGiU

When arts and cultural organisations team up with public authorities, they can deliver better outcomes for people and communities. That’s the main finding from a major three-year project that has brought together insights and practical resources from two pioneering localities, Kent and Gloucestershire, writes Julia Slay of the New Economics…

All change?

March 14, 2016 by Janet Sillett

There is currently one political story in town - and it is not the local elections. The forthcoming EU referendum is dominating the news agenda and, as Janet Sillett points out, the result will have widespread ramifications for local authorities, the services they deliver and the devolution agenda. Councils must…

Viewpoint: The pension conundrum

March 11, 2016 by LGiU

The Local Government Pension Scheme is under increasing strain - Tom Jeffery argues that the scheme needs to be looking at investment alternatives and changes to infrastructure in order to maintain its independence.

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