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Liberal Democrats – policy development in the lead up to 2015 General Election

his is the second in a series of briefings on the policy development being carried out by the main Westminster political parties ahead of the 2015 General Election.
It provides a ‘snap shot’ of where the Liberal Democrats have got to, focusing on issues which directly affect local government.
So far they have addressed a number of policy agendas of direct concern to local government including decentralisation, housing, transport, education, social cohesion and local economic development.
A number of significant polices have been agreed including using proportionate representation at local elections, returning school accountability to councils, lifting borrowing restrictions from councils to build new homes, and the introduction of a ‘Mansion Tax’ for homes valued at over £2 million.
Going forward, the Liberal Democrats will be addressing at their autumn conference in October policy on: public service reform (including schools, transport and health) and the ageing society (including health and social care and housing) as well as crime and criminal justice and equalities.
The same conference will also debate a ‘pre-manifesto’ document setting out a dozen or so policies that will be central to the election campaign.
This briefing will be of interest to executive members, cabinet portfolio members and senior officers in all tiers of local government.

LGiU at the 2013 Party Conferences

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Every year, the LGiU hosts a range of popular fringes at each of the three main party conferences, as well as a local government dinner. Find out more about our fringe programme here.

What did the party conference season tell us about local government?

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This article was first published by the Guardian Local Government Network. It’s a distinct moment in the political calendar. As summer holidays become a distant memory and the weather takes an autumnal turn, thousands of activists break out their lanyards …

Predicting the 50 councils to watch: how Andy’s predictions are playing out

Derby:  A key battleground for all three main parties, the Conservatives (16 seats) and Lib Dems (12 seats) run the council in coalition but Labour is the largest party (22 seats). Labour will be targetting gains of 4 seats to …

Local #hashtags to follow tonight

As well as #le12 , there are lots of other hashtags being used today, which link to other local elections. These include: #monelection2012 - Monmouthshire #bwdvote2012  – Blackburn with Darwen #Swindonelection - Swindon #brumvotes12 - Birmingham #liverpoolvotes  – Liverpool #HullVotes - Hull #ccs12 - Swansea …

Local Elections 2012: Expected declaration times

Below is a list of when we expect councils to declare their local election results. Information has been gathered through an LGiU survey, with additional data from the Press Association.

These elections will be told through local voices

Council elections are too often reported through the prism of national party politics with contests  being cast as tests for party leaders.   Undoubtedly the elections that take place on Thursday in 181 authorities – as well as the three mayoral …

Local Election 2012: how we’re covering the results

On Thursday 3 May, 181 councils will be holding local elections, as well as 10 mayoral referendums and mayoral elections in London, Salford and Liverpool. This year, LGiU aims to be the definitive source for local insight and information on …

Local elections 2012: expected declaration times and live reporting

On Thursday 3 May, 181 councils will be holding local elections, as well as 10 mayoral referendums and the election in London. LGiU will be producing comprehensive coverage and local government insight during the day, and into 4 May as well. Further …

Local elections 2012: predicting the 50 councils to watch

View full map here. Ahead of this year’s local government elections and mayoral referendums we have collated data on authorities that details: who currently controls the council how many seats each party has in each council how many seats are …