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Local elections 2014: LGiU’s plans for coverage


The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2014 Local Elections on 22 May and throughout the counts the next day. We’ll be hosting a series of thought pieces from Count Commentators from across the country …

LGiU & CITB launch national series of Construction Summits


LGiU and CITB, the Industry Training Board for the UK construction sector, have launched a national series of Construction Summits to explore how local government can best support the sector in order to deliver local economic growth.

Synaptic public services

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What’s next for localism? Jonathan Carr-West spells out a vision for synaptic public services, where councils shift from doing things to making things happen.

The 2014 CfPS local government Annual Survey is now open for responses.

The Centre for Public Scrutiny’s annual survey takes a comprehensive look at the operation of overview and scrutiny in local government. Since 2004, CfPS has tracked some of the significant trends in the operation of the function in councils up and …

Budget 2014: Comment from Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU


In response to today’s Budget, Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU, said: “A penny off a pint, fuel duty rises cancelled and bingo duty halved. As widely predicted, George Osborne’s fifth budget contained lots of popular measures. It was …

Photos from the LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards Ceremony

England, UK . 25.2.2014. London . 2014 LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards. Licensed for immediate editorial use and PR distribution free of charge in connection with the awards, all other rights reserved.

The LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards took place on Tuesday 25th February in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Westminster City Hall. The evening provided a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the hard work of councillors across the country and we …

2014 LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards: Winners Announced!

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The winners of the LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards were revealed on Tuesday evening at an awards ceremony at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Westminster City Hall

Councils in the Driving Seat?

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LGiU and SEA have worked together on a state-of-the-nation look at local authorities and traffic enforcement. Our research shows that councils take their responsibility to deliver appropriate, local strategies which protect the law-abiding majority seriously. Councils have come in for criticism that their strategies are cynical and revenue-raising, but our research in fact finds that over 80% of councils reported either breaking even or losing money on enforcement. Moreover, the research finds that the negative rhetoric from DCLG is impeding local authorities’ ability to deliver on their statutory duties around traffic enforcement.

Viewpoint: Payday lending – how can councils help?


The LGiU is working with Citizens’ Advice to help councils better understand how they can support those falling into debt through use of payday loans. We hear from Ashley Scarfield, Campaigns Officer at Citizens Advice, who tells us about the …

EXCLUSIVE: Over a third of councils warn they may be unable to deliver essential services

Today, LGiU and the MJ publish exclusive research following the annual local government finance survey. Over a third of councils have warned that financial constraints may place them in a situation where they are no longer able to deliver statutory …