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The future of local accountability: Local Government Ombudsman Dr Jane Martin responds to LGiU consultation on the future direction of the LGO


Today sees the publication of LGiU’s research into our role in supporting local accountability. I was delighted to see that there is clear and strong support for the work of the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) and recognition that we have a positive influence on the provision of local public services (92% felt the public benefit from having LGO).

Take part in our survey on tenant engagement and welfare reform

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The LGiU is undertaking a piece of research into tenant engagement in the context of welfare reform. We would love to hear from retained stock authorities, ALMOs, housing associations and other housing management organisations about how they have engaged with tenants to make sure they are up to speed with welfare reform. We’re also interested in hearing more broadly about innovative approaches to tenant engagement going forward.

Local pubs and community value

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Viewpoint: The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s Claire Cain explains why they want more pubs to be listed as Assets of Community Value

Making scrutiny count

Cllr Andy Hull was the 2012 LGiU/CCLA Scrutineer of the Year award winner. In a post based on an LGiU members’ briefing he looks at the scrutiny process and how to devise a successful scrutiny programme.

Councillor Camp 2013


In a guest post FutureGov’s Jon Foster urges digitally minded councillors to get themselves along to Councillor Camp (which the LGiU is very pleased to be part of) – it will be fun, informative and it’s free!

LGiU guide to Police and Crime Commissioners


Following last week’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections, the LGiU has produced a handy guide for local authorities and others who are interested in the role of the PCCs and the implications for councils.

Take part in our annual winter comms survey


It’s November and the weather is miserable. Icy roads, closed schools and uncollected bins tend to dominate local government over the coming months. Residents will rush to council websites seeking to report problems and find information. Increasingly, there is an …

From Brussels, with Love


The Communities and Local Government Select Committee concluded in its report on regeneration last November that the Government has “no adequate strategy to address the complex problems faced by England’s most deprived communities” and concludes in its report on the …

Co-operating on combating crime

It’s one of the most radical policies of the coalition, it could make a huge difference to policing in England and Wales, writes Mark D’Arcy, but almost no-one outside the politeratti is talking about the impending arrival of elected Police and Crime Commissioners. Who will they be? What will they do? And how will they work with other local agencies.

Police and Crime Commissioners – the orphan election

With a month to go before the election of police and crime commissioners, c’llr magazine ran a special feature looking at the subject. Over the next few days we will run those articles on the blog, looking at the topic from the perspective of people standing and one high-profile initial entrant who decided not to go ahead. But first up Patrick Kelly reports on the differing views of the Home Office and the Electoral Commission about how the elections should be run.