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LGiU Fortnightly 14th December: It won’t be lonely this Christmas

December 14, 2018 by Alice Buszard

With Christmas just around the corner, we break from our own accidental tradition of reporting gloomy local government news and bring you some festive cheer from around the country! Loneliness can be particularly rife over this season and we hear about several excellent projects to tackle it, including MensSheds, tea…


Brexit: identity, trust and governing the UK

December 5, 2018 by Janet Sillett

Brexit has raised a whole series of wicked issues – and been a proxy for some others. When Brexit is settled – if Brexit will ever be settled – these issues will still be with us, writes Janet Sillett, whatever trade deal is negotiated or no deal or even no…



LGiU Fortnightly 30th November: Brexit and Local Government

November 30, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU has been covering the Brexit negotiations from a local government perspective for the last two years – as the finish line approaches, what have we learnt and what should councils be doing to prepare for the impending change? And following the second meeting of LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, we discuss…


Viewpoint: Brexit – a view from Ireland

November 28, 2018 by LGiU

In a personal view from Peter Brennan, Managing Director of EPS Consulting and Member of the Public Policy Advisors Network in Ireland, this blog reviews the current Brexit position from Ireland’s perspective.



The (local) state we’re in

November 20, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

Does it matter if local government fails? Well obviously at LGiU we think it does, writes Jonathan Carr-West. But, why?



Local government finance – the Core Cities’ perspective

November 15, 2018 by Alice Buszard

In October, LGiU hosted a roundtable event at Nottingham City Council in conjunction with Core Cities. The roundtable was attended by Chief Finance Officers and was held as part of LGiU’s Local Finance Taskforce, a major project to elevate the profile of the funding crisis in local government and to present…


Regeneration and engagement: a call for case studies

November 15, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

The UK faces a housing crisis and one of the ways that some councils are increasing the number of homes is through estate regeneration. This can have the benefit of improving housing standards for existing tenants while increasing housing density in a human and community friendly way. However, estate regeneration…