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LGiU Fortnightly 15th March: Local elections ‘as fun as Fortnite’?

March 15, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Three quarters of English councils have elections in May – so what better time to give the tyres of our local democracy a kick? From the basics of publishing candidate names and polling station locations, to stamping out fake news in political discourse, we explore the ways councils can bring…


Getting excited about better elections

March 15, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s that time of year again! Our friends at Democracy Club are getting excited about local elections taking place for thousands of councillor positions across England and Northern Ireland this May. In this guest post, Joe Mitchell tells us what they’re getting so excited about.  At Democracy Club we’re thinking…


And in the mean time…

March 14, 2019 by Jonathan Carr-West

The government is being devoured by the Brexit monster. Meanwhile the other priorities - social care, housing, local government funding to name but a few - that a functioning executive should be addressing urgently are untouched and becoming more critical by the day, writes Jonathan Carr-West.



LGiU Fortnightly 1st March: Irish mayors and Scottish welfare

March 1, 2019 by Alice Buszard

In this episode of LGiU Fortnightly, Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid Koehler explore the work LGiU has carried out over the past few weeks, and run through our latest briefings. We speak to Kim Fellows of LGiU Scotland about the role we play across the border, plus an interview with Dr Seán…


In Conversation: Local Governance Review in Scotland

March 1, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Since the establishment of the Scottish parliament nearly 20 years ago, much of the focus of governance review has been at the national level. But a review of local governance has been underway for almost a year and the initial phase is now coming to an end. LGiU Scotland’s Kim…


Global lessons in local government

February 28, 2019 by Janet Sillett

Increasingly at LGiU we have been looking at what is happening in local government internationally. Of course one size never fits all but Janet Sillett finds common challenges, common themes and innovation that can be adapted when we cast our eyes beyond the horizon.


Making a difference: Tackling isolation in Daventry

February 27, 2019 by LGiU

A project or initiative doesn't have to be large-scale or headline grabbing to make a difference. In this post Emma Parry talks about Daventry District Council's Good Neighbour Schemes which aim to tackle the problem of isolation and loneliness among older people. 



Finding Sustainable Accommodation

February 19, 2019 by Andrew Walker

Last week we held the third meeting of the Local Government Homelessness Commission at the LGiU office. The focus for this discussion was how councils can find sustainable and secure accommodation for people at risk of homelessness. We heard about the housing first pilot in Liverpool City Region, as well…