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Viewpoint: How can we achieve the home care workforce that we all deserve?

May 30, 2014 by LGiU

Paul Burstow, MP is chairing the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce. A couple of weeks ago the diary of a home care workershone a light on highs and frankly far too many lows that care workers all around the country face, day in, day out. When we have…


LGiU’s new publication Municipal Futures

May 29, 2014 by LGiU

We think it’s time to reclaim the word ‘municipal’ and to reframe it for the 21st century.  LGiU publishes its new collection of essays, Municipal Futures, which aims to do just this. It brings together thoughts and ideas on the kind of council we need to see in the future: the new municipalism…


2014 local elections: the final results

May 24, 2014 by LGiU

Overall results Labour +6 councils + 338 seatsConservatives -11 councils -230 seatsLiberal Democrats -2 councils -310 seatsUKIP + 0 councils + 161 seats Control by councilAdur Con HAmber Valley Lab GBarking & Dagenham Lab HBarnet Con HBarnsley Lab HBasildon NOC (C loss)Basingstoke & Deane NOC (no change) Bassetlaw Lab HBexley Con…


Morgan McSweeney: the real stories behind the local election results

May 24, 2014 by LGiU

We hear from our Count Commentator, Morgan McSweeney, Head of LGA Labour, about the real stories behind the local election results. The election results shows how difficult it is to tell the story of the local elections simply. The national media’s desire for a Westminster focused  and  universal narrative is…


Is Ukip’s political earthquake more of a storm in a teacup?

May 23, 2014 by LGiU

This Blog originally appeared on Guardian Public Leaders It’s looking like a bit of a glass-half-empty/glass-half-full election for pretty much everyone. For Labour it was very much a game of two halves: they lost a lot of votes to UKIP in the North – a phenomena that may prove significant…


Dan Peters, MJ on the LGA

May 23, 2014 by LGiU

The local election results are still coming in thick and fast but the implications for the Local Government Association were clear a long time ago. Short of a minor miracle, Labour were always going to wrestle the leadership from Sir Merrick Cockell and the Conservatives. David Sparks and co needed…



Cllr Tony Jackson, Leader of East Herts, on key messages and unanswered questions

May 23, 2014 by LGiU

We hear from one of our Count Commentators, Cllr Tony Jackson, Leader of East Herts, on the unanswered questions and key messages to emerge from local election results. Yesterday I suggested that there would be as many questions unanswered after the results as there were before votes were cast –…


Graeme Henderson, IPPR North, on UKIP’s success outside of London

May 23, 2014 by LGiU

Our latest post from one of Count Commentators, Graeme Henderson, IPPR North, looks at why UKIP have fared better outside of London. UKIP as predicted have made significant gains across the country, yet as many commentators have already noted, not in London. Our capital’s population is perhaps less receptive to…


Alex Jones on apathy, four parties and local challenges

May 23, 2014 by LGiU

Great to get some insight from another of our excellent count commentators, Alexandra Jones, CEX of Centre for Cities. She writes: “The morning after the day before and, besides all the news about individual wins and losses,  what have we learned? First, four party politics has now arrived in England,…


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