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LGiU live coverage of the Local Elections 2013

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The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2013 Local Elections on 2 May and throughout the counts the next day.

Local authorities and economic development in 2013 – can local dynamism counter a national low growth economy?

The global economic outlook is uncertain. National forecasts show a continuation of a lengthy period of low growth (at best). The need for local authorities (LAs) to contribute to and lead local growth has, arguably, never been greater.
Doing this effectively requires LAs to understand, plan and manage both their local economy, and the major changes the coalition government has made to the sub-national economic development landscape since 2010.
During the latter half of 2012, LGIU produced a number of briefings on key aspects of this changed landscape – LEPs, city deals, autumn statement etc. This briefing builds on these to provide a checklist of considerations for LAs in terms of economic development as we enter 2013.
Understanding the local economy, a vision and strategy for the future, strategic relationship management, capacity and capability to intervene effectively, and engaging with national and EU opportunities are each examined as key components of a local approach. Pulling these together in a ‘city deal’ or an economic chapter of a ‘whole place community budget’ is a major undertaking, but can arguably provide a coherent foundation for 2013 efforts and energies.
This briefing will be of particular interest to LA leadership and policy teams with economic responsibilities, their partners especially in LEPs (local enterprise partnerships), and to economic development and related professional teams.
This briefing is also part of a series where we are looking back and looking ahead at key issues – health and social care and planning briefings will be published shortly.

2013 C’llr Awards: Deadline extended to Friday 18th January!

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We have now extended the deadline of the LGiU and CCLA C’llr Awards to Friday 18th January. There are 11 awards up for grabs including a £10,000 scholarship for a councillor keen to fund a project to advance the cause of localism.

Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14

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The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced the Local Government Finance Settlement Consultation 2013/2014 to the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 December. Find out more here.

C’llr Awards 2013: Partnership Achievement of the Year Award

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As councils face a period of uncertainty and reduced budgets, it is more vital than ever that they develop efficient ways to improve outcomes and ensure citizen focussed services. Partnership working offers a crucial way of delivering such results. By …

Predicting the 50 councils to watch: how Andy’s predictions are playing out

Derby:  A key battleground for all three main parties, the Conservatives (16 seats) and Lib Dems (12 seats) run the council in coalition but Labour is the largest party (22 seats). Labour will be targetting gains of 4 seats to …

Local #hashtags to follow tonight

As well as #le12 , there are lots of other hashtags being used today, which link to other local elections. These include: #monelection2012 - Monmouthshire #bwdvote2012  – Blackburn with Darwen #Swindonelection - Swindon #brumvotes12 - Birmingham #liverpoolvotes  – Liverpool #HullVotes - Hull #ccs12 - Swansea …

Local Elections 2012: Expected declaration times

Below is a list of when we expect councils to declare their local election results. Information has been gathered through an LGiU survey, with additional data from the Press Association.

These elections will be told through local voices

Council elections are too often reported through the prism of national party politics with contests  being cast as tests for party leaders.   Undoubtedly the elections that take place on Thursday in 181 authorities – as well as the three mayoral …

Local Election 2012: how we’re covering the results

On Thursday 3 May, 181 councils will be holding local elections, as well as 10 mayoral referendums and mayoral elections in London, Salford and Liverpool. This year, LGiU aims to be the definitive source for local insight and information on …