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Local elections 2014: The 5 key questions

May 1, 2014 by Jonathan Carr-West

With local elections almost upon us it’s hard not to be drawn into speculation about the results. Rather than offering predictive hostages to fortune, however, we think it’s more helpful to try and draw out some of the key questions into which these elections might give us insight   1)…



Viewpoint: How local authorities can help combat loneliness

April 29, 2014 by LGiU

Cllr Shelagh Marshall is the Older People’s champion for North Yorks County Council. She chairs The Age Action Alliance,  Isolation and Loneliness Working Group. We hear from Shelagh about the important role local authorities can play in combating loneliness. Has your council got loneliness as a priority in its Health and…



Local elections 2014: Help us tell the story

April 23, 2014 by Lizzie Greenhalgh

The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2014 Local Elections on 22 May and throughout the counts the next day. Sign up to become a Count Correspondent and help us tell the story or register for our email alerts.


Ten things council policy teams want to do better

April 11, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

Communicating policy and performance externally Impact analysis Sharing knowledge with partners Advanced statistical work Incorporating user voice in policy or analysis Networking with policy staff at nearby authorities Evidence based policy Options analysis Performance management Communicating policy and performance internally In a recent survey of LGiU Policy Network members, policy…


LGiU & CITB launch national series of Construction Summits

April 10, 2014 by Lizzie Greenhalgh

LGiU and CITB, the Industry Training Board for the UK construction sector, have launched a national series of Construction Summits to explore how local government can best support the sector in order to deliver local economic growth.


The kindness of strangers

March 31, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

I suppose most of us want to look forward to an old age of good health, ticking things off the bucket list and perhaps indulging some eccentricities and before quietly slipping off to the last adventure. But for most of us, there will be some ill-health in our final years…


Synaptic public services

March 26, 2014 by Jonathan Carr-West

What's next for localism? Jonathan Carr-West spells out a vision for synaptic public services, where councils shift from doing things to making things happen.


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