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Sport, community and councils

August 27, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

We believe that community sport offers an excellent vehicle for councils to achieve key aims, like improved public health but also as a way to build better networks, achieve stronger more resilient communities and develop an array of opportunities that support children, women, men, older people, disabled people and BME…

New film: Community pubs report launch with CAMRA

July 31, 2014 by LGiU

The LGiU was pleased to launch our new report, ‘Public houses: how councils and communities can save pubs‘, in partnership with CAMRA at the LGA Conference. Watch the film below to find out more. Read the full report here. Film by Andrew Wiard.

Competition time: Town Hall-iday Snaps

July 25, 2014 by LGiU

Fellow local govvies if you’re anything like us, no holiday is complete without the obligatory visit to some local government offices or a splendid town hall. Maybe like us, too you get a bit of derision from your family and friends for your obsession with snapping photos of foreign municipalia.…

A skilled workforce for an ageing society

July 25, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

We’ve said it for so long, it’s beginning to get tiresome. We’re facing a crisis in care of monumental proportions. The system is creaking. We need more people to take on caring roles to meet the needs of an ageing population. According to the International Longevity Centre, we may need to…

Photos from the APPG for Local Gov Summer Reception

July 17, 2014 by LGiU

On Monday 14th July 2014, LGiU held its annual All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group Summer Reception on the Terrace at the House of Commons. LGiU and Hewlett-Packard picked the event to launch a new report, entitled ‘Technology and transformation in town halls’. The report looks at the opportunities and…

Technology and transformation in town halls

July 14, 2014 by LGiU

LGiU and HP today publish a new report arguing that to realise the potential of the tech revolution, councils must adopt a people-centred approach. The report, launched at the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group Summer Reception, claims that we need to stop thinking about technology as a solution in…

A call for councils to protect pubs

July 10, 2014 by LGiU

Claire Cain, CAMRA’s Campaigns Manager, writes about the importance of community pubs and the part that councils can play in keeping them open. This is a call from CAMRA to ask all councils to utilise available powers and tools to ensure local pubs in their communities are protected, as argued…

People-shaped places: how Lambeth let residents redesign the neighbourhood

June 19, 2014 by Lizzie Greenhalgh

Building places we want to live in is more than just an aesthetic challenge. We know that well-designed public spaces boost local economies, enhance community safety, reduce crime, improve public health and happiness, and increase community cohesion. But to design places people really want to live in, we need to…

Cats, local government and getting your claws out

June 18, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

Since most of the Internet seems to run on cats, it was inevitable that LGiU would have to have a picture of a cat on our website at some point. Last night I watched a documentary on cats on Netflix . The Paw Project. I nearly turned away during the fairly…

The Learning Council

June 11, 2014 by Josephine Suherman

I recently wrote an essay for LGiU’s new collection, Municipal Futures, on The Learning Council. In it I argued that, whilst there have long been calls for councils to get better at learning from each other, in the future this will not be enough, and councils instead need to start…

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