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Devolution Deals – Governance and Engagement

May 16, 2016

How are devolution deals negotiated and evaluated and are communities and the voluntary sector involved? The two reports considered here from NAVCA and Locality, and from the Political Studies Association, consider these issues and make recommendations for local and central government to improve negotiation and involvement.


They said it couldn’t be done! (or how we know about every candidate this May)

April 21, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

Joe Mitchell, from our Democracy Club partners in #OutfortheCount, takes a moment to celebrate a momentous achievement in opening up UK elections, but there’s more to do!   We had a crazy idea. Based on our success at last year’s general election, creating the most comprehensive and accurate parliamentary candidate database,…


We need you to help open elections

April 8, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

We are very pleased to announce that the LGiU and Democracy Club project Out for the Count has received support from the Open Data Institute.  Out for the Count is going to deliver the first open data set of local elections return data as soon as possible after 5 May…


Budget 2016: devolution and local growth

April 4, 2016

The 2016 Budget clearly impacts on local authority leadership of local growth and devolution deals. Despite continuing progress, and three new devolution deals - the first mayoral deals in non-metropolitan and two tier areas, there are major challenges ahead for the whole devolution 'project' .


Resilience in Practice – LGiU Policy Briefing

November 12, 2015

A new LGiU report, Resilience in Practice, looks at what resilience means for local authorities. The paper argues that building an understanding of resilience at the local level will enable better responses to the big challenges we face, and offers guidance for councils to facilitate their thinking about the subject.


Resilience in Practice

November 5, 2015 by Andrew Walker

Resilience has become a widely used concept in policy circles, particularly in terms of flood response, climate change adaptation and community cohesion. But there are many interpretations and the term is used in different ways, by different organisations, in different contexts. Our new policy report, Resilience in practice, looks at some…


Nuffield Trust: Reconsidering accountability in an age of integrated care

August 11, 2015

What will the new models of care promoted in the NHS Five Year Forward View mean for accountability in health and social care? This briefing outlines a Nuffield Trust viewpoint which argues that local authorities must act now to ensure that local accountability is not weakened.

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Local elections recap

May 18, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Local elections coverage and analysis. [View the story “The Other Election: local elections 2015” on Storify]

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Local elections: digital scorecard

May 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

It seems to me like we’ve been promised each year for a while that this election will be the social media election. I think it may have finally arrived. And if we didn’t notice it, it’s because social media is now so commonplace that we hardly notice. Even the Electoral…

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#le2015 live blog: help us cover the other election

April 28, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Live Blog LE2015 – The Other Election   Live results map While the pundits are busy covering the general election, we’re getting excited about the other election. So much so, that we’re live blogging the run up to the voting and the counting. We’re covering the local elections with the…

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