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The black hole of politics

June 20, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

There is perhaps no local issue that unifies political parties so much as the pothole. (Particularly if you’re sitting in opposition). No one likes them. Everyone thinks they should be filled more quickly. And there’s no easier way for a local politician to grab a few column inches than by…

LGiU Fortnightly 15th June: Lessons from Grenfell & Northamptonshire’s future

June 15, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

After a turbulent 12 months for local government, we ask what lessons we should learn from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Jonathan hears from Northamptonshire’s citizens on the future of their local democracy after the collapse of their county council. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings,…

Viewpoint: Only change can regain public trust

June 13, 2018 by LGiU

Following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire the response of the Council - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - was roundly condemned. The Council commissioned CfPS to undertake research and provide recommendations as to how it could improve its governance. Jacqui McKinlay explains why a focus on the…

Viewpoint: Missing (half) the picture

June 5, 2018 by Jane Sankarayya

Lack of diversity is stopping organisations – in every sector – from performing to their full potential, writes Jane Sankarayya. Most people in the country are probably unaware that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has just appointed three new special advisers, much less what their names are. As…

Homelessness Reduction Act – Making it stick

May 23, 2018 by Andrew Walker

The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) has been in force since the beginning of April. At LGiU we are launching a commission, led by local government, which will look at how councils can make good on the promises of the Act, what they need from central government and what they need…

You can’t spell love without local government

May 18, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

This weekend the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place in Windsor.  LGiU wishes the couple every happiness in their new life together.  But what makes a successful royal wedding? Months of planning, love – I’m sure – and, a little bit of local government magic. While the focus…

LGiU Fortnightly 11th May: All change! Post-elections and new SoS

May 11, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

All change! With the elections over, an influx of new councillors will be getting to grips with their new role…as will our new Secretary of State James Brokenshire (we promise not to make that joke). What does it all mean for local government? Andrew Walker and Jonathan Carr-West discuss. Plus our…

Winners and losers in the local elections

May 10, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

Another year – and another set of local elections. Are the key messages a reflection of the performance of the parliamentary parties or a genuine reflection of local politics? What have we learned from this year’s set of elections? ..and the winner is…. This isn’t another story about how the…

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