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Viewpoint: Commissioners need to think smaller

December 7, 2016 by LGiU

A new report for Lloyds Bank Foundation has found a commissioning process that is excluding smaller charities and consequently struggling to provide the services that are needed to the people that need them. Paul Streets explains.

Is politics broken?

December 5, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

And what can local government do about it? Post Brexit, post Trump is politics broken? For politics as we know it, the short answer is yes, politics is broken. I believe in democracy, but I am not foolish enough to believe that it always delivers the right outcome or even…

Viewpoint: Design for life

November 16, 2016 by LGiU

Sara Lopez discusses the role of design skills in engaging people in the development of social innovation projects in London and in India.

Is affordable housing affordable?

November 14, 2016 by Janet Sillett

So what do we actually mean by affordable housing? Asks Janet Sillett. Sounds an easy question but it is a highly contentious one.

Agree to differ

November 1, 2016 by Jane Sankarayya

‘We are losing our shared space’, someone in the office said the other day. Certainly the idea of compromise and living with and accepting difference seems to be disappearing from political life – from life – at an alarming rate of knots. At a national level and at a local level.…

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