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Beyond Metrocentralisation


This week the RSA published “Unleashing Metro Growth: Final Recommendations of the City Growth Commission”. The report calls for the “reconfiguration of our political economy, with city regions at its heart”. It argues that we need a shift in decision-making …

We need real localism, not technocratic tinkering


Jonathan Carr-West, LGiU Chief Executive, responds to the result of the Scottish independence referendum: Scotland’s decision to stay in the Union and the additional devolution it has been promised will see a renewed focus on local governance in the rest …

LGiU at Party Conference


Find out about LGiU’s programme of flagship fringes and local government dinners at each of the party conferences.

New film: Community pubs report launch with CAMRA


The LGiU was pleased to launch our new report, ‘Public houses: how councils and communities can save pubs‘, in partnership with CAMRA at the LGA Conference. Watch the film below to find out more. Read the full report here. Film …

Photos from the APPG for Local Gov Summer Reception

England, UK . 14.7.2014. London . House of Commons. Summer reception of the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group. Supplied for immediate publication in connection with the reception free of charge, all other rights reserved.

On Monday 14th July 2014, LGiU held its annual All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group Summer Reception on the Terrace at the House of Commons. LGiU and Hewlett-Packard picked the event to launch a new report, entitled ‘Technology and transformation …

Technology and transformation in town halls

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LGiU and HP today publish a new report arguing that to realise the potential of the tech revolution, councils must adopt a people-centred approach. The report, launched at the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group Summer Reception, claims that we …

People-shaped places: how Lambeth let residents redesign the neighbourhood

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Building places we want to live in is more than just an aesthetic challenge. We know that well-designed public spaces boost local economies, enhance community safety, reduce crime, improve public health and happiness, and increase community cohesion. But to design …

Comment from Jonathan Carr-West on the 2014 Queen’s Speech


The Queen’s speech outlining the last legislative programme before the election in May 2015 once again underlined the Coalition’s main task of cutting the deficit. Measures to cut tax avoidance, help small businesses access finance and simplify the planning system …

LGiU’s new publication Municipal Futures


We think it’s time to reclaim the word ‘municipal’ and to reframe it for the 21st century.  LGiU publishes its new collection of essays, Municipal Futures, which aims to do just this. It brings together thoughts and ideas on the kind of council …

2014 local elections: the final results

Overall results Labour +6 councils + 338 seatsConservatives -11 councils -230 seatsLiberal Democrats -2 councils -310 seatsUKIP + 0 councils + 161 seats   Control by councilAdur Con HAmber Valley Lab GBarking & Dagenham Lab HBarnet Con HBarnsley Lab HBasildon …