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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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Local pubs and community value

April 12, 2013 by LGiU

Viewpoint: The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s Claire Cain explains why they want more pubs to be listed as Assets of Community Value


Prospects for Codifying the Relationship between Central and Local Government: final report

February 11, 2013

This briefing covers the final report of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee following its inquiry into the prospects of codifying the relationship between central and local government. The briefing summarises the content of the report including the draft code, the principles underpinning the code and pertinent points arising from…


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Last orders? How councils can protect local pubs from closure

January 25, 2013 by Lauren Lucas

Iris Murdoch once wrote of pubs as ‘universal places, like churches, hallowed meeting places of mankind’. This leads you to two inevitable conclusions: 1) she had a lovely turn of phrase and fully deserved that DBE, and 2) she had clearly never been to the Wetherspoons in Leeds city centre…


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Updated guide to Localism Act

October 17, 2012 by Janet Sillett

The LGiU has updated its Guide to the Localism Act originally published in February 2012. The February guide brought together a series of LGiU briefings on the Act published in November and December 2011, alongside additional comment. The updated guide brings readers up to date with the guidance and regulations that…


Neighbourhood planning update summer 2012

July 23, 2012

During 2012 the legislative framework and funding context for neighbourhood planning has continued to develop: • neighbourhood planning regulations came into force in April 2012 • referendum questions have been revised • £17 million has been made available over three years to help develop community right to build orders. Neighbourhood…


The Localism Act – a handy guide

March 14, 2012 by Janet Sillett

On 8 February the LGiU hosted a major one-day policy conference for the south-west and west midlands. The Localism Act – over to you brought together Local Government Minister Andrew Stunell, Cities Advisor Lord Shipley, with a range of local councillors and officers, as well as senior officials from the Department for Communities and…


Civil Society Innovation Network: session 3

February 29, 2012 by Laura Wilkes

  The third session of the LGiU’s Civil Society Innovation Network took place on 23 February, at the Department for Communities and Local Government, to discuss the challenges and implications of the Localism Act. The Network heard from:   DCLG discussed the Community Rights Eden District Council talked about their work…


“The Localism Act – over to you”

February 8, 2012 by Rob Dale

Today we’re in Bristol hosting a major one-day policy conference for the south-west and west midlands. The Localism Act – over to you brings together Local Government Minister Andrew Stunell, Cities Advisor Lord Shipley, with a range of local councillors and officers as well as senior officials from the Department for Communities and Local…


The year local government takes charge

February 6, 2012 by Jonathan Carr-West

This article was first published by Total Politics. This year, many of the coalition’s localist policies come into effect. What will this mean for how we see local politics? 2012 looks like being a big year for local politics. Strangely, this may turn out to be a mixed blessing for local government.…


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