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GE17 lite #4

June 7, 2017 by LGiU

We have arrived at the last full day of campaigning and, hopefully, peak vitriol. This final edition of our short election series looks back at a campaign period that has thrown up surprises and unexpected moments for all the parties.


Children’s social care: the political party manifestos and the election debate

June 7, 2017 by John Fowler

Children’s social care – what local authorities do to protect children from harm, including taking children into care, and the fostering and adoption of children to new families – is one of those issues which has not featured in the 2017 election debates, writes John Fowler. Perhaps it was ever…


Councils and cyber security

June 2, 2017 by Lauren Lucas

A recent ransomware attack had major consequences for the NHS. Local authorities must take it as a wake-up call, writes Lauren Lucas.


GE17 lite #3

May 31, 2017 by LGiU

You can count the days to go on your two hands and once again here is our roundup of some mildly interesting election shenanigans. Plus all the usual links to more indepth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material.


Falling short on social care reform? The manifesto pledges

May 26, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

We’ve all known for some time that radical changes are needed in the way that social care is funded and commissioned by local authorities and for those individuals who don’t qualify for state aid for their social care. The LGiU has produced a series of reports showing that social care,…


GE17 lite #2

May 26, 2017 by LGiU

Less than two weeks to go until polling day - I know, I know calm yourselves. Here is our second roundup of that curious bubble we like to call election.



GE17 lite #1

May 18, 2017 by LGiU

Not long now! Over the next three weeks we are going to do the occasional roundup on the blog of what’s going on in election world with links to more indepth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material.


Viewpoint: Run together

May 16, 2017 by LGiU

Carol Grant finds lessons in the Parkrun story about the value of investing time and effort into collaborative relationships and the success that can be achieved when different partners focus on working well together.



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