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A legacy of liberty: 800 years of Magna Carta

June 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Eight hundred years ago (or forty score if one wants to be poetic), bad King John placed his seal on the Magna Carta. Thus an eclectic group of rights and freedoms – everything from standard measures of ale, to fishing, to widows’ inheritance, were enshrined into the English constitutional memory.…



Putting devolution on the map

June 8, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Everyone's talking about devolution these days. But while there's growing consensus around the principle, there's far less clarity about how it is to be achieved.


Too special to fail?

June 4, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Most social care is provided by third parties. Sometimes those providers fail. Sometimes they fail because they basically run out of money and sometimes because they’re not providing good enough services. Whatever the cause, when failure is stark and sudden councils can find themselves scrambling to get people new places…


A confusion of Mayors?

June 3, 2015 by Janet Sillett

What’s an appropriate term for a number of mayors? Asks Janet Sillett.


Viewpoint: A single duty

May 28, 2015 by LGiU

A recent supreme court judgement will significantly change how councils will have to assess the needs of homeless single people writes Hannah Gousy, Senior Policy Officer at Crisis.


The Queen’s Speech

May 27, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Jonathan Carr-West comments on the devolution announcements made in the Queen's Speech.


Welcome to the town hall

May 19, 2015 by LGiU

A raft of newly elected councillors are settling in at town halls up and down the country, writes the LGiU's learning and development manager Alan Waters.


Local elections recap

May 18, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Local elections coverage and analysis. [View the story “The Other Election: local elections 2015” on Storify]


Local elections: digital scorecard

May 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

It seems to me like we’ve been promised each year for a while that this election will be the social media election. I think it may have finally arrived. And if we didn’t notice it, it’s because social media is now so commonplace that we hardly notice. Even the Electoral…


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