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Beyond business rates?

December 11, 2017 by LGiU

With a national roll out of 100 per cent business rates retention unlikely in the next few years, David Phillips from the Institute for Fiscal Studies asks if it is worth looking to the longer term and more radical tax devolution. This article appears in the December edition of C'llr…


“Keep up the good work!”: LGiU’s Annual User Survey 2017

December 8, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

Every year at LGiU, we ask subscribers at our member councils (now over 20,000 people) what they think of us and what we do. This year more people than ever responded – over 1,200 people took the time to give us their feedback. We asked the usual questions about whether…



Manchester vs the Cayman Isles?

November 28, 2017 by Janet Sillett

An unusual week in politics last week, writes Janet Sillett, where brexit wasn’t the only story in town – with the budget equalling it in headlines.


Viewpoint: We need to use new ways to build houses

November 27, 2017 by LGiU

Bill Randall, former Leader and Chair of Housing Brighton and Hove City Council explains how more than 10,000 affordable homes are now on course to be delivered by 2021, thanks to a revolutionary manufacturing method.



What to expect from the budget on Wednesday?

November 17, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

What to expect from the budget on Wednesday? LGiU will be providing our usual on the day briefings and comment to give our members an instant take on the announcements relevant to local government. There have been some hints already leaked to the press and the usual swirl of rumours.…


Highlights from C’llr Achievement Awards 2017!

November 9, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

On Tuesday 7th November we hosted our eighth annual C’llr Achievement Awards! We were delighted to be joined at the beautiful Guildhall by so many new and familiar faces from across English and Welsh local government. Congratulations to our award winners and to all those who were shortlisted – you…


Viewpoint – What makes a walking city and why do we need them?

October 30, 2017 by Andrew Walker

Following the publication of Building Connected Communities, our research with the Ramblers looking at how councils can build better connected, walkable places, Holly Smith of Living Streets discusses what makes a city walkable. A legacy of designing our towns and cities around cars rather than people has left us less healthy,…


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