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LGiU Fortnightly Episode 1: Finance Special

February 16, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU Fortnightly is our new podcast, bringing you the latest news from the world of local government. We update you on the key events from the past fortnight, as well as news from us and our members, so you’re always in the loop. We’re always looking for more ways to bring…

State of Local Government Finance Survey 2018

February 8, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

The annual State of Local Government Finance Survey gives a snapshot of the pressures facing councils. Every year we ask the most senior figures in each council to tell us their plans for the coming year in the run-up to setting their annual budget.

Viewpoint: The voice of the councillor

February 5, 2018 by Jane Sankarayya

Kirklees Council are hosting “The Voice of the Councillor”; Diane Sims explains. Kirklees are hosting this free event as an opportunity to discover, debate and learn about what councillors are doing nationwide to develop their roles and be catalysts for change in their communities. You’re welcome to come along to hear…

Data driven stories: from budgets to benches to elections

January 31, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

Some stories are just stories. But when we’re building a narrative around public services or assets, supporting that story with data can make the difference between something accountable, believable and persuasive and just another story. For some data can tell a story just by looking at a spreadsheet, but for…

Not Westminster 2018 – we are generation D

January 18, 2018 by LGiU

Notwestminster, the annual event for local democracy enthusiasts, is back for its fourth incarnation, “We are Generation D”, on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February 2018.

LGiU’s 2018 policy programme

January 16, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

We will be delivering three major local authority-led projects in 2018 that will provide a voice for the sector and move the dial on some of the most urgent issues within local government – homelessness, finance and public trust. We will work with a wide range of council representatives to…

Six things the social care green paper must address

January 4, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s a New Year and our still sort of new government is still promising to address the social care crisis with a green paper that may be late and – if hope fails to triumph over experience – too little. It’s not hyberbole to say that the social care system…

Looking ahead

December 19, 2017 by LGiU

What can local government expect from 2018? Asks Jonathan Carr-West. The short answer is more uncertainty. In all key areas of government policy that effect local government, 2017 has been a year of drift and there’s little reason to think this will change.

Dispatch: Six Months as Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority

December 18, 2017 by LGiU

Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, tells us about his first six months in the post, the challenges and the lessons learned.  Six months is a relatively short time in terms of institutions like the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Mayoralty of Greater Manchester.…

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