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Local elections: the facts

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Local elections on 22 May – who has the most to lose or gain?

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.

Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration

* The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill introduces a register of lobbyists, limits election campaign spending by third parties and regulates trade union membership
* This briefing summarises the Bill’s key provisions, its critics’ main concerns and its progress through Parliament.
* The Bill has implications for local (and national) politicians, political parties and campaign groups, for local returning officers and for trade unions.

Preparing the public for individual electoral registration

In recent weeks Electoral Registration Officers have been overwhelmed with regulations, guidance and advice in the lead-up to Individual Voter Registration. This briefing concentrates on preparing the public for the change. It is intended to familiarise elected members, and officers with corporate community and communications responsibilities, with the broad framework.

Connected Localism

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Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.

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.

2013 local elections & the five key questions

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There’s just a week to go until the 2013 local elections. May 2nd 2013 will see elections in all the county councils, plus seven unitary authorities and one Welsh unitary authority.   Interest in local elections tends to see them …

Councillors on the frontline: Government response to Select Committee Report

This briefing reports on the government’s response to the recent Select Committee inquiry on the role that councillors play in their communities.Key recommendations included the possibility of councils transferring the whole responsibility for setting allowances to independent local bodies, and a review of ways that employers can be encouraged to support those of their staff who serve as councillors. Ministers have not accepted any of the Committee’s specific recommendations. In the response, they set out their view of the role of councillors in the context of localism. This briefing will be of interest to all elected members, member support staff, and those involved in community engagement. Some issues are topical for members and officers with responsibilities for commissioning and procurement policies.

Calling government to account: a perspective on the CLG Select Committee

This briefing reviews the work of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in the current UK parliament. It considers what to expect of a select committee – its role and remit – and what scope it has for influence. Information is provided on recent reports and current inquiries.The briefing is of interest to all concerned with the implementation of localism, and it draws attention to reports and inquiries on planning, housing, welfare reform, regional policy, the mutual and co-operative provision of services, and the role of councillors

Councillors on the frontline: A Select Committee Report

This briefing outlines the main findings of a Select Committee inquiry on the role that councillors play in their communities, which covered localism, the nature of representation, barriers to becoming a councillor, support and training.

Key recommendations include the possibility of councils transferring the whole responsibility for setting allowances to independent local bodies, and a review of ways that employers can be encouraged to support those of their staff who serve as councillors.

The briefing also draws attention to the government’s announcement that the councillor pension scheme will close in 2014.

It will be of interest to all elected members, member support staff, and those involved in community engagement. Some recommendations are aimed at officers with responsibilities for commissioning and procurement policies.