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Viewpoint: A National Fairness Convention: learning from local authority initiatives to tackle poverty and inequality

Julia Slay is Senior Researcher and Social Policy Programme Co-ordinator at NEF (New Economics Foundation). She writes for LGiU about NEF’s upcoming National Fairness Convention on June 18th.

Local elections 2014: The 5 key questions

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With local elections almost upon us it’s hard not to be drawn into speculation about the results. Rather than offering predictive hostages to fortune, however, we think it’s more helpful to try and draw out some of the key questions …

Local elections: the facts

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Local elections on 22 May – who has the most to lose or gain?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …