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The Local Side to National Campaigns, Part One: The Lib Dems

Pic LD Mental health

Nick Clegg wants to see mental health at the centre of the Lib Dem General Election manifesto. While mental health is a nation-wide issue, the Lib Dems need to remember the issue’s deeply local dimensions.

Party conference roundup


The devolution question following the Scottish referendum was debated widely at each conference, particularly in the fringes, and the fallout from the Scottish referendum for local areas is still a hot topic among localists and some political commentators.

Localism in a hung parliament


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 …

Cats, local government and getting your claws out


Since most of the Internet seems to run on cats, it was inevitable that LGiU would have to have a picture of a cat on our website at some point. Last night I watched a documentary on cats on Netflix . …

Policy works: does form follow function?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about form and function in local government. For communications, for engagement, for policy. Hopefully you’ve seen news of our new policy network.  We want to know what makes a great policy team tick.  Where …

Cities economic growth, enhanced devolution, and relationships with London

Both the economic data and the national policy context makes an understanding of ‘cities’ in general, and London in particular, crucial for local authorities and partners involved in promoting economic growth and development.
This briefing reviews a number of recent developments which either reveal new insights into the data (e.g. the annual Cities Outlook publication by Centre for Cities) or into the potential future policy context (e.g. the RSA Cities Growth Commission).
Whilst not intended to be a comprehensive audit of all such publications, it is intended to give Members and Policy Officers responsible for economic growth directly and for enabling activity (e.g. skills, transport, planning etc.,) an informed overview of current issues and opportunities.
It is also intended to raise a number of medium term policy issues for both major urban areas and rural hinterlands. These are likely to be key considerations in the lobbying and advocacy work for enhanced devolution and decentralisation which is already underway in anticipation of the 2015 general election and a new incoming government.

In hock: the personal debt summit

When I was at university I had a flamboyant economics professor who told us only the rich  can truly save, the rest of us just create cushions against hard times.  I’m not sure if that’s true, but in today’s economy …

Trends in Funding and Spending


Over recent months, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published the following:

Local Government Financial Statistics England No. 23 – the latest in a set of annual publications, covering Outturn data up to 2011-12, published on 21 November.
Revenue Outturn data for 2012-13 – including both local authority-level data and a Statistical Release, on 16 December.
Revenue Account data for 2013-14 – including local authority-level data on 14 November and a Statistical Release on 31 July.
The Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2014-15, on 18 December.

This briefing presents analysis of the first three of these data sets, highlighting national trends in how local government is financed and how the money is spent. The provisional settlement provides further context, showing how some of these funding streams will change in 2014-15.
Readers of this briefing may be interested in attending a LGiU seminar An introduction to local government finance to be held on 14 February – details here.

What does the Autumn Statement 2013 spell for local government?


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 …

LGiU live coverage of the Local Elections 2013


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.