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Award-winners corner: Cllr Val Gibson

August 9, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

In the run-up to this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards, we are interviewing previous winners about their proudest moments. In the third of the series we hear from Val Gibson, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wolverhampton City Council. Name Val Gibson Council Wolverhampton Council Positions held Cabinet Member for Children and…


Building a vibrant night time economy

August 8, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

This article is taken from ‘Building a vibrant night time economy’, a report published by LGiU and Portman Group in July 2016. A vibrant night time economy brings with it many benefits. It is estimated to be worth £66bn a year to the UK economy and employs 1.3m people, so…


Pokémon Goes Local

August 4, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

Maybe you’re already out chasing Charmanders and Pikachus. Maybe you’ve been tutting at the latest craze that keeps people glued to their smart phones. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, you’d have to be living under a rock to avoid hearing about Pokemon Go. Like the mean mom I’ve…


Award-winners corner: Cllr Janet Burgess

July 29, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

In the run-up to this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards, we are interviewing previous winners about their proudest moments. In the second of the series we hear from Janet Burgess, Deputy Leader of Islington Council. Name Janet Burgess Council Islington Council Positions held Deputy Leader Which award did you win? Age UK Award –…


Award-winners corner: Jason Kitcat

July 25, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

In the run-up to this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards, we are interviewing previous winners about their proudest moments. In the first of the series we hear from Jason Kitcat, former leader of Brighton and Hove City Council. Name Jason Kitcat Council Brighton and Hove City Council Positions held Leader Which award…


Taking up the slack

July 22, 2016 by Charlotte Maddix

Recently, ‘Slack’ became a verb at LGiU. And not in the sense of slacking off. We’ve banned email between LGiU staffers and started using Slack* to communicate instead, writes Charlotte Maddix.


Crowding out: an update

July 20, 2016 by LGiU

Rose La Touche from Camden Council updates blog readers on the progress of a project that has been working to tackle some of the problems faced by those living in overcrowded housing.


APPG summer reception 2016

July 15, 2016 by LGiU

Well we certainly picked an interesting, not to say historic day, to hold the annual local government APPG summer reception.


Devolution is more important now than ever, but what are its prospects?

July 11, 2016 by Andrew Walker

Ahead of Greg Clark’s speech to the Local Government APPG Summer Reception this evening, Andrew Walker looks at the post-Brexit prospects for devolution. After the momentous decision taken in the EU referendum on the 23rd of June, there is a great deal for local government to digest and to prepare…


Community pubs: CAMRA and LGiU reception

July 8, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

This week the LGiU and CAMRA hosted a drinks reception, a fringe event of the LGA Conference. Our chair @MichaelPayneUK speaking at our @CAMRA_Official drinks at #LGAConf16 – with real ale in hand. pic.twitter.com/sZbvWmKGMb — LGiU (@LGiU) July 5, 2016 The LGiU is about people and the places where we live:…


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