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Changing to a committee system in a new era

December 16, 2014

This briefing looks at the experience of four councils that have changed to a committee system under the new provisions in the Localism Act 2011. The paper provides a background to the relevant legislation and a commentary on some of the key issues. It briefly considers perceived strengths and weaknesses…

Eric Pickles at an LGiU event

Local Growth according to Pickles

March 7, 2013 by Lizzie Greenhalgh

The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yesterday addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government on the issue of economic growth.

The future of mayoral governance and implications for city leadership

May 14, 2012 by LGiU

This blog is based on a LGiU member briefing by David Marlow. Click here for more information about LGiU membership. In the aftermath of local elections and mayoral referendums on May 2012, there is a need to take stock of future prospects for mayoral governance in English Local Authorities, and also…

Urban autonomy? ‘City deals’ and elected mayors – part 2

February 21, 2012 by LGiU

Part 2: How much new power is being devolved and what strings are attached? This is part of two of this post on city deals and elected mayors. The first post can be found here. In many ways the ‘city deals’, and the accompanying emphasis on elected mayors, give a…

Urban autonomy? ‘City deals’ and elected mayors

February 20, 2012 by LGiU

Part 1: City-regions and Local Enterprise Partnerships Liverpool’s city deal highlights some important questions about how cities’ potential new freedoms will fit with the wider role of cities within a region, including their role in providing jobs to a wider Travel to Work Area (TTWA). Government guidance on city deals recognises that ‘in…

The year local government takes charge

February 6, 2012 by Jonathan Carr-West

This article was first published by Total Politics. This year, many of the coalition’s localist policies come into effect. What will this mean for how we see local politics? 2012 looks like being a big year for local politics. Strangely, this may turn out to be a mixed blessing for local government.…

Super Thursday and elected mayors

January 26, 2012 by Andy Sawford

Patrick Wintour reports on the Greg Clark’s plans to hold mayoral and police commissioner elections on the same day – Thursday 15 November, now being called ‘Super Thursday’. The government’s tactics in bringing forward elections to November seem designed to generate some momentum and interest around the country, as well as forcing…

DCLG Q&A: today at 14.30

December 5, 2011 by LGiU

  Here are the oral questions tabled to the Communities and Local Government Secretary below. The Question session will take place on today (Monday 5 December) at 14:30 and can be watched through Parliament TV   Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government   *1 Rushanara…

October’s edition of c’llr magazine

October 17, 2011 by LGiU

October’s edition of c’llr magazine is out and is available to download for free. The special feature in the edition is on children’s services and includes an interview with Children’s Minister, Tim Loughton. c’llr also includes; – Hazel Blears on the community response to the riots – Rory Palmer, Leicester’s deputy…

Government drops ‘Shadow Mayor’ plans

June 21, 2011 by Andy Sawford

As Jonathan pointed out in TotalPolitics today, the Localism Bill is currently going through the House of Lords.  Proposals for elected Mayors to be created in the 11 largest cities outside London (excluding Leicester, which has an elected Mayor) are highly controversial.  In particular, there has been opposition from the…

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