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Wolverhampton Policy Café

October 20, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

t LGiU we’re keen to have more – and better – conversations with our members. As part of this, we’re holding a series of short, lunchtime events (Policy Cafés) around the country. This month we were in Wolverhampton talking smart city strategies - Charlotte Maddix tells all.


Viewpoint: BREXploration

October 19, 2017 by LGiU

Brexit will have numerous consequences for local government, Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council says that councils must make themselves heard in the negotiations and discusses a recent event aimed at giving voice to North East Councils.



Reigniting localism: three essays on the future of local government

October 6, 2017 by Lauren Lucas

Councils are in policy limbo. With Whitehall and Westminster fully absorbed by the unfolding drama of Brexit, and local government policy narrowed to dealing with the consequences of the Grenfell tragedy, little bandwidth remains for addressing more strategic issues. The LGiU is launching a series of essays, in which we…


Viewpoint: The course of local government finance never did run smooth…

October 6, 2017 by LGiU

Neil Amin-Smith, Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses his work studying the changing state of local government finance and runs through the key findings from our joint report, The Local Vantage. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) started a major new programme of work on local government finance…



All in a day’s work…Abi Brown, Stoke on Trent Council

September 29, 2017 by LGiU

Councillor Abi Brown is deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent Council and leader of the Conservative Group. Here she talks about the challenges of juggling her council role with the demands of family life.


Brighton Policy Café

September 28, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

At LGiU we’re keen to have more – and better – conversations with our members. As part of this, we’re holding a series of short, lunchtime events (Policy Cafés) around the country. Our latest event took place in Brighton, Charlotte Maddix summarises the debate.


Viewpoint: London Ventures

September 20, 2017 by LGiU

London Ventures is a partnership between London Councils, the umbrella body for London local government, and EY, overseen and sponsored by the Capital Ambition Board.



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