LGiU Fortnightly 21st September: Trust in (local) politics

What does it mean to ‘trust’ political institutions? And how can local government play its part in raising the level of political discourse?

As part of our Public Trust Lab project, we focus on issues of transparency, accountability and democratic processes in this week’s episode. We bring you highlights from our recent roundtable on trust as well as some recent briefings on the DCMS Civil Society Strategy, proposed new electoral laws on social media and the accountability issues raised by the Carillion collapse.

Plus our regular roundup of news from the past two weeks including Sadiq Khan’s new knife crime unit, tackling county lines gangs and some lighter stories involving ravens and wheelie bins in our ‘And Finally’ section.

Hosted by Jen Glover and Jonathan Carr-West.

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    1. Perceptions of fairness and integrity are heavily influenced by openness.

      Financial constraints and structural changes to the media, in particular the local press, have had an adverse impact on the ability on many local authorities to communicate and engage with all people in their communities.

      DCLG as was carried out a number of pilots in 2015 to try to address this issue in the context of the publication of Statutory Notices. I have tried in vain to find out what the outcome of those pilots was, but it was hard to envisage any of them being fully inclusive because of their mostly digital focus.

      I work in a strategy role for Royal Mail and have been looking at how we could use the day to day contact we have every household in the UK to help the public sector address the challenge of have an inclusive two way dialogue with citizens in financially constrained times.

      Is there someone at LGIU I could discuss this with ?

      1. Jennifer Glover says:

        Hi Derek,

        If you drop us an email at info@lgiu.org.uk we’ll be able to discuss.

        Best wishes,


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