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Thinking outside the box: Innovation Achievement of the Year Award


Innovation is essential for councils to continue supporting citizens in the face of massive resource and funding constrain. Do you know an innovative and pioneering councillor?

Connected Localism


Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.

Open Public Services and the Voluntary Sector

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations together with a number of partner organisations have published a collection of think pieces and case studies sharing the voluntary sector’s experiences of the Open Public Services agenda, writes Mark Upton.

Measuring National Well-being

This briefing brings local authorities up to date on the Measuring National Well-being Programme. It introduces the early thematic reports and highlights those of immediate interest to local authorities.
* This four year programme aims to measure the nation’s well-being, using subjective and objective data, and accessible to local authority level.
* A series of thematic publications explores the key subject areas and the headline measures and influences. They assert the importance of and potential for well-being to become a policy and decision making tool.
* Officers and members involved in corporate policy, strategic and community/neighbourhood planning, and partnership work will find the programme and reports of particular relevance.

New approaches in an age of massive demographic change

Towards the end of last year, I spent some time travelling around the country meeting council leaders and chief executives to find out about new approaches in an age of massive demographic change. In the next few months, working jointly …

Take a risk and reap a reward

A report by the LGiU and Zurich Municipal (pdf) published late last year found that councils are increasingly concerned about their management of risk. In a national survey undertaken with over 90 councils, 50 per cent of respondents described their …

Only 5% of the population blames their local authority for cuts

Over on the Guardian’s Local Government Network, Alex Aiken has just published his top 10 tips for how to run a successful communication strategy in local government. One thing he says is that councils “need to understand how their reputation …

Is risk avoidance the biggest risk of all?

This article was first published on the Guardian’s Local Government Network. Mathematicians distinguish between uncertainty – which is unknowable and immeasurable – and risk, which can be calculated and managed. Local government faces a great deal of both: the toughest …

BBC News 24 coverage of LGiU’s Supporting People report

BBC coverage of LGiU’s Supporting People report from Rob Dale on Vimeo. New research published by the LGiU has found that almost 9 out of 10 local authorities say that cuts to housing support ‘will put vulnerable people at risk’ …

Localism and Austerity – One year on

In these challenging times I had not expected ‘optimism’ to emerge as the main theme of our Localism and Austerity Summit yesterday. A year ago we brought people together to discuss the emerging new environment for local government and local …