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Viewpoint: Are older people paying the price for social care cuts?

September 19, 2016 by LGiU

The problems of the NHS do not exist in a vacuum. Older people are getting caught between the cogs of a complex and under-resourced system that is struggling to offer the right care, in the right place and at the right time. A new report from The King's Fund explores…

Viewpoint: Parks are at a tipping point

September 15, 2016 by LGiU

Mark Camley, chair of The Parks Alliance, discusses the crisis facing our parks and the challenges faced by the local authorities in managing our green spaces. Parks are on the national agenda at the moment. The publication of the recent Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) report ‘State of UK Public Parks…

Viewpoint: Health and Wellbeing – A Standard for Humans!

September 1, 2016 by LGiU

Paul Chatwin, associate at engineering consultancy Cundall, talks about the launch of a new building standard that recognises the wellbeing of its occupants. Isn’t it nice to talk about a subject that people are interested in. Over the past decade we have had various sustainability rating tools, all with eye…

Brexit means Brexit – whatever that means

September 1, 2016 by Janet Sillett

Janet Sillett considers the complexities that will ensue once the Brexit process is triggered - and what that could mean for local government and their communities.

CTSI: Workforce Survey 2016

August 24, 2016 by LGiU

The Chartered Trading Standard’s Institute’s workforce survey 2016 provides the most concise and up to date information available on the state of local authority trading standards services operating across England, Scotland and Wales. The final report provides factual information on trading standards budgets, staffing levels, specialist skills and structure within…

May’s U-turn on Mayors

August 22, 2016 by Lauren Lucas

Lauren Lucas, LGiU's Head of Projects, reacts to today's report that Theresa May is to abandon George Osborne's plans for imposing regional mayors.


New for C’llr Awards 2016: Local Trust’s Community Collaborator category

August 17, 2016 by LGiU

Debbie Ladds, chief executive of Local Trust, introduces this year’s new category for C’llr Achievement Awards 2016: Local Trust’s Community Collaborator Award. Who is it for and why does it matter? At the Local Government Association conference in July 2016, we invited local and national political leaders and others to debate…

Labour’s candidate for Manchester Mayor is…

August 10, 2016 by Jonathan Carr-West

Andy Burnham was yesterday selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester. Given GM’s voting record that means that barring something extraordinary happening he will become mayor next May. Though based on the last year in British politics generally and the Labour Party specifically, you’ve got to be pretty…

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