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Viewpoint: Six weeks to save local economic growth…

August 16, 2018 by LGiU

OK – now I’ve got your attention, I admit the headline is slightly OTT. But, I promise readers, this is less far-fetched and more grounded than most of the ‘fake news’ and hysterical banners with which we are daily assailed from national politicians and their preferred media platforms, says David…


LGiU Fortnightly 10th August: Not-so-silly season for local government

August 10, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

As Parliament grinds to a halt, we reflect on the situation in local government left by the vacuum of policy strategy on social care and funding, as well as the impact of a No Deal Brexit on councils. Plus we launch our #LocalGovReads campaign, asking what local government is reading…


LocalGov Reads

August 10, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s August and the traditional time of things slowing down a little bit in local government.  Many councillors and officers take a bit of time off from the increasingly grim reality of local government finance. Whether travelling abroad, visiting the wonderful treasures in these Isles or enjoying a staycation close…


Groundhog day for civil society

August 9, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

With limited fanfare, DCMS today launched the government’s latest civil society strategy proudly described as the first new such strategy in 15 years. Key features include a £165 million fund to support community organisations, a new Innovation in Democracy programme to pilot participatory democracy techniques such as citizens’ juries, more…



Brexit and Civil Contingency Planning

August 3, 2018 by Andrew Walker

The story that has emerged over the last week or so that we may have to begin stockpiling food, medicines and other essentials in readiness for a no-deal Brexit is disturbing to say the least. It reveals something of the shock we can expect next April without adequate planning and…


Northamptonshire on the brink

August 2, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

Things lurch from bad to worse in Northamptonshire. Following the issue of a second section 114 notice and a scathing letter to councillors from the Finance Director condemning years of financial mismanagement that have left the council on the brink of collapse and needing to find another £60 – 70…


Not quite the one we’ve been waiting for: the LGA’s Adult Social Care Green Paper

August 1, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

We welcome this week’s publication of the Local Government Association’s Green Paper on Adult Social Care and wellbeing The Lives We Want to Lead. Someone had to do it. The Government’s promised green paper appears to have been kicked beyond the long grass and into dense thicket, and it’s beyond…


Viewpoint: Teacher vacancies a varied picture

August 1, 2018 by LGiU

The news that teacher numbers were down in 2017, as measured by the DfE’s School Workforce Census, doesn’t tell the whole story, says Oxfordshire Councillor John Howson.


LGiU Fortnightly 27th July: Fixing council funding

July 27, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

What next for local government finance? This week we discuss our newest publication, the Local Finance Scorecard, in which we explore the options for sustainable funding post-2020. Plus the highlights from our subscriber-only Daily News service and policy briefings, including developers being given power to overwrite local plans, the delayed…


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