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Leadership and governance of local growth – pre-general election round up

March 24, 2015

With all major parties professing devolution of local growth leadership and funding post-election, there are major opportunities for local authorities to build a case for enhanced devolution. This briefing considers what the major parties are saying, and some of the issues any local case should address.

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

October 27, 2014 by Hannah Blythe

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.

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Party conference roundup

October 14, 2014 by Janet Sillett

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.

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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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Cats, local government and getting your claws out

June 18, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

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 . The Paw Project. I nearly turned away during the fairly…

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Policy works: does form follow function?

March 4, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

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 do good policy teams sit inside the organisation? What functions…

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Cities economic growth, enhanced devolution, and relationships with London

February 20, 2014

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.…

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In hock: the personal debt summit

January 24, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

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 too few of us have any cushion left at all.…

Trends in Funding and Spending

January 22, 2014

Summary 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…

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