There is always a beginning of term feeling to September, but this year it feels more acute than usual, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
Stimulating local economic growth is no small task as those with this remit in local authorities well know, writes Jennifer Glover.
Finding a way to engage local communities in a debate that allows for both nuance and transparency is key to getting people to engage with complex local issues and decisions, writes David Janner-Klausner.
2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave votes to some women for the first time. But nearly 100 years on, we are still struggling to get to a position of equality when it comes to women’s political representation, writes Lauren Lucas.
Welcome to the July edition of the local democracy policy update, writes Andrew Walker. This month: devolution and local democracy post-election; an upcoming meeting on leadership; democracy from the ground up; and an advance call for open data.
It’s hard to remember the time when local government last went into a general election with so little clarity about its future, writes Lauren Lucas. And the results have hardly illuminated the situation. With the failure of any party to win an absolute majority at such a crucial time in the Brexit negotiations, it would not be extravagant to say the future of the country hangs in the balance.
You can count the days to go on your two hands and once again here is our roundup of some mildly interesting election shenanigans. Plus all the usual links to more indepth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material.
Less than two weeks to go until polling day - I know, I know calm yourselves. Here is our second roundup of that curious bubble we like to call election.
Janet Sillett laments the lack of vision for local government in any of the manifestos published last week.
Not long now! Over the next three weeks we are going to do the occasional roundup on the blog of what’s going on in election world with links to more indepth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material.