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The future of libraries


A new report has launched on the future of libraries. A new beginning or another dusty old tome?

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.

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!

Results of annual LGiU winter comms survey

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Councillors, officers and members of the public took part in an informal poll over the last week in a bid to establish which digital communication channels are the most effective during special and specific situations e.g. school and road closures …

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 …

Implementing the transparency agenda

If you were to read between the lines of the Public Accounts Committee’s report on Government transparency Implementing the transparency agenda you will see a Government which has been chucking out tonnes of data that very few people look at …

Pickles invites bloggers deeper into the Town Hall

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Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, seems to love transparency. Back in June 2010 he asked councils to publish all spending data over £500. His department matched it and just last week announced they were lowering …

Soon all spending data over £250 will be published online

Since August 2010 the Department for Communities and Local Government  has been publishing details of all goods and services spent over £500 – matching a demand it made of councils in June of that year. Now it appears Eland House …

Central-Local – It’s good to talk

The National Audit Office (NAO) recently published “Central Government’s communications and engagement with local government”, a report on the effectiveness of central government’s communications with local government. The report found that communication is very challenging as a consequence of the organisational differences between central …

Local 2.0: How digital technology empowers local communities

This post is based on an LGiU member briefing by Rob Dale. I remember reading the case study of the Obama for America campaign. It had a significant impact on my understanding and appreciation for how digital technology could change …