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Start of the Possible

April 21, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

Today we publish Start of the Possible a report from Camden councillor and Lead Member for Finance, Technology and Growth Theo Blackwell – it is based on the findings of a survey of over 800 councillors, believed to be the first to examine the attitudes and perceptions of councillors to…


Remembering Professor George Jones

April 18, 2017 by Andrew Walker

We at LGiU were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Professor George Jones, Professor of local government at the LSE. George was a great friend to the LGiU over many years, and a great friend to all in local government. Never one to shy away from criticising governments…




Parks: celebrating their true value

March 21, 2017 by Janet Sillett

How important can parks be in the general order of things? asks Janet Sillett. When social care is under huge pressure and council budgets are squeezed everywhere? Parks? Nice for Spring bulbs maybe or a quick stroll with the dog; a kickabout or a snooze when the weather improves. But…



Budget 2017: Some answers more questions

March 9, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

The Chancellor must hand the social care purse strings over to local government if he wants the new money to have the right impact. Jonathan Carr-West looks at a budget that delivered no great shocks and still leaves many unanswered questions for councils.


International Women’s Day 2017: Why are only 12% of council leaders women?

March 8, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

International Women’s Day is upon us, and what better time to reflect on our progress in local government? We look at how local government shapes up against other parts of politics and the wider professional sector. I’m a great believer in perspective. And when talking about gender equality, it’s often easy…


Viewpoint: A north powered and shaped by all our fantastic people

February 27, 2017 by LGiU

The Northern Powerhouse is an amazing concept, writes Donna Hall, Chief Executive of Wigan Council. It’s up to us who live and work in the north to shape it to make sure we grow our business base, our housing supply, improve our transport connectivity and upskill our residents to enable…



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