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The Local Government Finance Bill has fallen – what now?

May 8, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

The announcement of the snap general election threw Parliament into chaos, and one of the casualties was the Local Government Finance Bill, which was making its way through the House of Commons. Where does this leave local government? asks Jennifer Glover. The Local Government Bill has now fallen, meaning it…


Out for the Count: local elections results

May 3, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

Following the local elections we have now, with the MJ, published our annual Map of Political Control which all subscribers to the MJ will have received. You can download a PDF of the map – MJ/LGiU Map of Political Control Our live Out for the Count local elections results coverage is…



The unsung heroes of democracy are at it again!

May 2, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

Peter Stanyon, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA), asks you to spare a thought for all those who work behind the scenes to bring us the mechanics of democracy.   A year ago, I wrote a blog for Out for the Count that paid tribute…


A local alternative to unpaid internships

April 26, 2017 by Roshni Mistry

For young people up and down the country, finding full time, permanent paid work is really tough. What many school leavers and graduates now face is being academically qualified for jobs but lacking the real work experience which many employers require as a minimum, writes Roshni Mistry.


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…


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