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Demo-max: council leaders call for democracy max

Local democracy think tank, LGiU, asked council leaders and cabinet members if the promised greater tax, spending and welfare powers in Scotland should be matched by greater devolution in England and Wales.

Councils must upend the way they think about technology

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 by the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and …

Councils must act to save the British pub

New research shows that pubs are closing at a rapid rate of 28 a week, but councils must play a vital role in protecting the community pub. CAMRA and think tank LGiU have released a report calling on councils to …

New LGiU report: how Lambeth let residents redesign the neighbourhood

Local democracy think tank, LGiU, today published an evaluation of Lambeth Council’s new approach to improving the local neighbourhood. Instead of asking residents  “do you support this proposal”, Lambeth wanted to ask residents “what would you like to see in …

LGiU: we must rebuild trust in our democracy

Think tank LGiU is calling on Westminster parties to take action and rebuild trust in our local democracies. Low turnouts and the rise of the anti-establishment vote reveal an increasing lack of faith in the ability of the main parties …

New Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce launched

The Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP, LGiU and Mears Group today announce the launch of a new commission to investigate workforce development in the home care sector. As more people need care in their own homes and as we face …

Fewer than 1 in 5 councils report making surplus income on traffic enforcement

New research by local government think tank, LGiU, calls for Government to give local authorities greater freedom to deliver on their traffic enforcement duties. The research, published in partnership with SEA, found that fewer than one in five councils reported making …

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

Over a third of councils [1] have warned that financial constraints may place them in a situation where they are no longer able to provide basic services [2], reveals research by think tank LGiU and local government trade magazine The …

Councils must take the lead in tackling the personal debt crisis

21 January 2014 Local government think tank LGiU has called on local authorities to use their role as community leaders to tackle the root causes of personal debt. An LGiU survey reveals that 77% of councils believe that personal debt …

Government planning policy puts England’s green belts at risk, suggests new research

Half of the councils in England with green belt land are preparing to allocate some of it for development whilst brownfield sites throughout the country are overlooked, suggests research published today by the National Trust. Eighteen months after the Government …

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