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Oxford’s citzens’ assembly on climate change

August 16, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, spoke to LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler recently for the LGiU Fortnightly episode on climate emergency in local government. To provide a little bit more information about the citizens’ assembly, Oxford City Council has provided a FAQ: When did Oxford declare a Climate Emergency?…


LGiU Fortnightly 16th August – Climate emergency in local government

August 16, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

With councils across the country declaring climate emergencies, we ask a couple of them what this really means for the way they work. Cllr Kevin Maguire, Cabinet Member for Environment in Norwich City Council, [12:30] describes their approach to integrating environmental with social and economic outcomes, and Cllr Susan Brown,…


Show us some LocalGov love selfie style

August 15, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s #CityHallSelfie day in the USA. Our friends at ELGL – Engaging Local Government Leaders – run an annual event celebrating local government love. Celebrated by those beyond the immediate local government family, #CityHallSelfie day is a way for people to show a bit of civic pride. Kirsten Wyatt of…


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Viewpoint: Councils fighting for decent work

August 12, 2019 by LGiU

Marcus Johns, researcher at IPPR North, discusses their recent work with northern local authorities to encourage high quality jobs for residents – and what other councils can learn from their experiences. Local authorities can help fight the enduring, severe job quality crisis we are facing. This crisis is characterised by…


Award-winner’s corner: Shane Hebb

August 12, 2019 by Alice Buszard

Finance and Transformation – Cllr Shane Hebb Cllr Shane Hebb of Thurrock Council recounts his experience of winning the Finance and Transformation award at LGiU’s Cllr Awards  2018 last November. Plus we hear about the important financial and cultural work he has carried out within his council role. What is…



Viewpoint: Norwich’s striking new council homes

August 5, 2019 by LGiU

Councillor Gail Harris is Norwich City Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member with responsibility for social housing. Here she explains the story behind the council’s celebrated new Goldsmith Street development, the first council homes to be nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize.


Award-winner’s corner: Iain Malcolm

August 5, 2019 by Alice Buszard

Place-shaping and Environment Award – Cllr Iain Malcolm As part of our series talking to winners of LGiU’s 2018 Cllr Awards, we hear from Cllr Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council. Though he was sadly unable to attend the ceremony, Cllr Malcolm talks about his experience of winning the…


LGiU Fortnightly 2nd August – Big ideas for a summer of #localgov

August 2, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

The summer holidays are upon us and perhaps you might have a bit of headspace to think beyond the day-to-day running of your council. But what should you be thinking about? LGiU offers food for thought on some of the meatier, longterm challenges facing local government and wider society –…