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Manifestos: Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats

April 16, 2015

It is clear that there has been a positive change to attitudes to devolving power to more local levels – but is it enough to guarantee transformation? We consider key points here from the manifestos - on devolution and other key areas like health and social care integration and housing.

Houses, building, homes

What do councils bring to the house building table?

April 15, 2015 by Andrew Walker

Although they have been out of the game for a generation councils are rising to the challenge and starting to build houses again. The policy barriers that prevent them from acting as freely as they would like are legion, but there are some really encouraging signs of creative dynamism across the country.…

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Housing: pre-general election special

April 7, 2015

Housing has risen up the political agenda since the 2010 general election. We look here at what we know so far about the housing proposals of the UK wide parties before their manifestos are published.

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Budget 2015

March 18, 2015

This briefing summarises the pre-election Budget. The briefing highlights the Budget's key headline announcements and local government announcements, and also provides commentary from LGiU Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West.


C’llr Magazine Summary – February 2015

March 4, 2015

This briefing summarises the content of February 2015's C'llr magazine. February's special feature is on elected mayors. Our cover story is a C'llr Interview with Care Minister Norman Lamb, who discusses health and social care integration.

Funding, housing, houses, building

The Elphicke-House report on housing delivery

February 24, 2015

The Elphicke report, "From statutory provider to housing delivery enabler" argues that councils should take on a more central role in enabling the delivery of new housing by a variety of providers. This briefing will be of particular interest to everyone with responsibility for housing, planning, finance and growth.


The Tenancies (Reform) Bill – transforming the role of local authorities

October 29, 2014 by LGiU

Shelter’s Hannah Gousy explains how the proposed Tenancies (Reform) Bill will help councils to target their resources in the private rented sector. Homes in the private rented sector are in a worse condition than any other form of housing. A third fail to meet the government’s decent homes standard and…

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On the Party Conferences Radar

October 14, 2014

This briefing summarises policy announcements from the conferences from the three main Westminster parties and comments on the messages they reveal, particularly on how the parties see devolution and the role of local government after next May. It also gives some details on plans for health and social care and…

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Welfare Reform Update: August 2014

August 28, 2014

This briefing is a further update on developments in welfare reform, updating developments in selected aspects to early August 2014. Covered are the latest statistics and analyses on the benefits cap, the social sector size criteria, the Work Capability Assessment, and progress in Personal Independence Payments (PIPs). The DWP has…

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