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Budget 2017: Some answers more questions

March 9, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

The Chancellor must hand the social care purse strings over to local government if he wants the new money to have the right impact. Jonathan Carr-West looks at a budget that delivered no great shocks and still leaves many unanswered questions for councils.


International Women’s Day 2017: Why are only 12% of council leaders women?

March 8, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

International Women’s Day is upon us, and what better time to reflect on our progress in local government? We look at how local government shapes up against other parts of politics and the wider professional sector. I’m a great believer in perspective. And when talking about gender equality, it’s often easy…


Viewpoint: A north powered and shaped by all our fantastic people

February 27, 2017 by LGiU

The Northern Powerhouse is an amazing concept, writes Donna Hall, Chief Executive of Wigan Council. It’s up to us who live and work in the north to shape it to make sure we grow our business base, our housing supply, improve our transport connectivity and upskill our residents to enable…



Brexit – local government on the sidelines?

February 7, 2017 by Janet Sillett

In a post-Brexit world sub-national government will be key to economic growth, rebuilding social cohesion and reconnecting people with democratic institutions, writes Janet Sillett. Local government must make that clear to Westminster and Westminster must listen.


What’s the big idea?

February 6, 2017 by LGiU

We’ve just sent the latest edition of c’llr magazine to the printers; hard copies will be with our members next week and it will be on our website later this week. Our special focus for the edition is ‘Big Ideas’. Well that’s all very well and nebulous you might think,…


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What next for local government finance?

January 24, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

No matter what topic is being discussed, in local government circles the conversation always comes back to funding. The context of the last 5 years of drastic budget reductions has brought this issue into much sharper focus, and with radical changes on the doorstep the next 5 years look set…


What is the future of local government services?

January 20, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

Local government is facing unprecedented challenges. Our civic discourse seems to be in tumult, finances are dire, but people still rely on local public services for so much and this year our policy themes address each of these challenges. Councils have some tough choices ahead. New duties on homelessness and…


Public service – stories that matter

January 19, 2017 by LGiU

Dawn Reeves is a facilitator and trainer working largely with public sector clients. For the past few years she has been interested in changing the narrative about the public sector, exploring creative ways to tell the real stories from the local government and other public services. She explains the importance…


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