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Making the most of your universities

August 31, 2016

The briefing provides an overview of potential developments in university-local government relations in the light of major recent changes in both devolution and higher education policy landscapes


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.


Service Transformation Challenge Panel

May 13, 2015

This briefing summarises and comments on two publications: a report on service transformation published by the Service Transformation Challenge Panel in November 2014, and the Government's response to it published in March 2015.



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.…


Rural Library Services in England: exploring recent changes and possible futures

February 17, 2015

OPM and Locality were commissioned by Defra and Arts Council England in 2014 to consider recent changes in rural library services and possible avenues for the future. The report calls on local authorities to explore the potential for rural libraries to become financially sustainable community hubs.


Independent Library Report for England: Sieghart Review

January 27, 2015

This briefing summarises the final report of the Sieghart Independent Review of Libraries, which considers the future of public library services; the role of community libraries, and models of delivery.


Localism in a hung parliament

October 10, 2014 by Andrew Walker

A hung parliament next May is looking like a very likely prospect. But while coalition negotiations leave everything hanging in the balance, the practice of governing where it really counts will carry on. 135 days after their last national election a new coalition government has been formed in Belgium. This…


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