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Viewpoint: The trouble with the productivity puzzle? Too many pieces

July 24, 2015 by LGiU

'Productivity' is the buzzword of the moment, setting the mood music to the government's plans for the economy. Majeed Neky suggests that in an institutionally complex and fragmented landscape, devolution just might be the key to fostering a more productive nation.

Viewpoint: how scrutiny councillors can shape the future of local government

July 22, 2015 by LGiU

The Centre for Public Scrutiny's Ed Hammond discusses the findings of their new report 'the Change Game', which finds that non-Cabinet councillors are being frozen out of the debate around council transformation and identifies ways for them to play a greater role in shaping these plans.

LGiU celebrates APPG and the road to devolution

July 16, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

This week we celebrated with our LGiU membership and friends at our summer reception of the Local Government All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) kindly sponsored by HP. 10 years to to the day that me and @alisonseabeck organised 1st APPG #locagov with @LGiU. Good to see it going strong tonight…

Viewpoint: Building for the future

July 15, 2015 by LGiU

Last month the LGiU launched Under Construction, our report on the role of councils in future house building. Cllr Khevyn Limbajee from Waltham Forest explains how his council is tackling the housing crisis with an ambitious building programme.

Viewpoint: Work placement schemes – what is your experience?

July 13, 2015 by LGiU

Cllr Karl Eastham from Southwark Council hopes to increase the job prospects of the young people in his borough with a work placement scheme. As he explains, he would be very interested to hear from anyone who has had experience in setting up or being involved in similar programmes around…

Big-hitting Budget adds urgency to devolution plans

July 9, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

The need for local government’s strategic leadership role is more crucial than ever if we are to move to the “lower tax, higher wage, lower welfare” society the government aspires to.

Viewpoint: Timewise Councils

July 7, 2015 by LGiU

To help local authorities develop and implement real culture change around flexible working and hiring Timewise have developed the Timewise Council programme, Emma Stewart, Joint CEO of Timewise explains.

Councils and Housing Supply: A new LGiU report

July 6, 2015 by Andrew Walker

Councils could be the key to unlocking the house building potential in local areas. They have the potential to facilitate partnerships and create the conditions for new development to thrive. We are not there yet, however. LGiU’s research for Under Construction, released recently in partnership with Mears, shows that local government…

Viewpoint: Be the champion of your community pub

July 6, 2015 by LGiU

CAMRA’s Campaigns Officer Faye Grima explains how councillors can actively protect pubs in their local area by nominating them to be listed as ‘Assets of Community Value’.

Designs on planning

July 3, 2015 by Chris Naylor

Councillors and officers need to be design literate to be able to engage knowledgeably and confidently in place-making. A 'Councillors' Briefing' next week at Urban Design London will explore what this means, says Chris Naylor.

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