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This is a statement which recognises that growth begins on our local high streets. Business rates will be discounted for SMEs and payments scheduled over 12 months. In welcome news for finance directors across the land HM Treasury has pledged …
The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2013 Local Elections on 2 May and throughout the counts the next day.
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced the Local Government Finance Settlement Consultation 2013/2014 to the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 December. Find out more here.
The chancellor gave local government a slight breathing space on funding cuts in his Autumn Statement. But there are very few reasons to celebrate. This article was written by Jonathan Carr-West, Director of LGiU, and was first published by Public Finance on December 5th 2012.
Unlike many Award ceremonies, the LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards encourage members of the public to come forward and participate in the nomination process. We want to hear what the ordinary person thinks of their councillor and who they …
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent government advisory committee and it was asked by Greg Barker, the Energy Minister, to issue advice to local authorities on how they can be incentivised to show leadership, and what scale of ambition they should set themselves.
* The CCC report summarises the national context of carbon budgets, before outlining the quantity of emissions local authorities could potentially reduce via policy levers under their influence. It details measures that can be taken by local authorities, by sector (focusing on buildings, transport and waste), and recommends all local authorities produce carbon plans, and for the government to consider a new statutory duty for them to do so.
* The report is useful for all staff and elected representatives working in local authorities who have some degree of control over the way in which climate change is approached in their department or office. The report can be read in conjunction with a second LGiU briefing entitled “Requirements on Local Authorities: household energy efficiency”, which outlines local government responsibilities to deliver a report to national government by March 2013 detailing measures to improve household energy efficiency.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …