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Can data save the future of children?

July 2, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

In our most recent local government finance survey, children’s services eclipsed adult social care as councils’ biggest financial worry. The LGA estimates  that  there  will be  a £2bn funding gap by 2020. There are a record number of children in care, with an estimated 90 children being taken into care…

LGiU Fortnightly 29th June: Participatory democracy – lessons from elsewhere

June 29, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

This week we take inspiration from the World Cup and take an international view on participatory local democracy. Andrew Walker hears from John Hennessey of the Municipal Association of Victoria on the tensions between federal and local government in pushing back against political disengagement in Australia. In Scotland, Kim Fellows…

The black hole of politics

June 20, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

There is perhaps no local issue that unifies political parties so much as the pothole. (Particularly if you’re sitting in opposition). No one likes them. Everyone thinks they should be filled more quickly. And there’s no easier way for a local politician to grab a few column inches than by…

LGiU Fortnightly 15th June: Lessons from Grenfell & Northamptonshire’s future

June 15, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

After a turbulent 12 months for local government, we ask what lessons we should learn from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Jonathan hears from Northamptonshire’s citizens on the future of their local democracy after the collapse of their county council. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings,…

Viewpoint: Only change can regain public trust

June 13, 2018 by LGiU

Following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire the response of the Council - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - was roundly condemned. The Council commissioned CfPS to undertake research and provide recommendations as to how it could improve its governance. Jacqui McKinlay explains why a focus on the…

Viewpoint: Missing (half) the picture

June 5, 2018 by Jane Sankarayya

Lack of diversity is stopping organisations – in every sector – from performing to their full potential, writes Jane Sankarayya. Most people in the country are probably unaware that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has just appointed three new special advisers, much less what their names are. As…

Homelessness Reduction Act – Making it stick

May 23, 2018 by Andrew Walker

The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) has been in force since the beginning of April. At LGiU we are launching a commission, led by local government, which will look at how councils can make good on the promises of the Act, what they need from central government and what they need…

You can’t spell love without local government

May 18, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

This weekend the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place in Windsor.  LGiU wishes the couple every happiness in their new life together.  But what makes a successful royal wedding? Months of planning, love – I’m sure – and, a little bit of local government magic. While the focus…