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UPDATED: Conservative green paper on localism

February 17, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Conservative Party today released a Green Paper on local government – “Control Shift”. It includes plans to: give councils the powers to levy business rate discounts give councils financial benefits for new businesses and housing in their area make the local government funding system more transparent end capping powers in favour of referendums…

Twittering local government

February 16, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Twitter is really catching on in the local government world.   CllrTweeps now has 112 councillors signed up.  If you are on twitter or plan to sign up, in addition to councillors, we suggest following these local government twitterers: 

David Cameron on localism

February 16, 2009 by Andy Sawford

David Cameron looked ahead to the publication of the Conservative local government green paper tomorrow (Tuesday) when he appeared on the Politics Show.    He stresses the importance of local economies and we should expect this to be emphasised in the media launch tomorrow.  The extract is below; watch it here.  JON SOPEL: And…

Councils building houses – updated

February 14, 2009 by Andy Sawford

UPDATE:  I had a great response to my post and tweets about council housing, which fed into my contribution to this useful feature in the latest issue of Local Government Chronicle. After several decades of central government seriously limiting the role of councils in the provision of affordable housing, reducing…

Fitter for the future? Children’s services and the new CAA post Baby P

February 13, 2009 by Jasmine Ali

Children’s services are currently contemplating Ofsted’s contribution to the new CAA and what this will mean for the future inspections of children’s services. Councils are burdened with bureaucracy and pressure from government offices, which is getting in the way of them meeting local concerns and needs. We need to change…

Tory housing policy – update

February 13, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Conservative Party has published the new housing policy paper “Empty Homes: Tackling Britain’s Social Housing Crisis”. 

CAA and inspection

February 10, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Audit Commission, bringing together various public services inspectorates, today published the new Comprehensive Area Assesment framework.  A briefing from LGiU will be sent out to our member councils soon, but for those who can’t wait to find out more (yes, there are some people who will be interested, trust…

Carbon Trading

February 10, 2009 by Jonathan Carr-West

The LGiU has taken on the mantle of carbon trading from the RSA through CarbonDAQ. We are developing the website in order for groups – whether its business, schools or sports teams – to take part in local carbon trading. In the Guardian’s Ethical Living blog, Lucy Siegle rightly questions…

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