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Take your #cityhallselfie!

August 14, 2017 by LGiU

Tomorrow is #CityHallSelfie day! ELGL – an American local government association – have been celebrating the public sector in this light-hearted way and this year we thought we would join in the fun. Kirsten Wyatt of ELGL explains how it all came about and how to get involved.

Viewpoint: Why some councils are building homes again – and why some aren’t

August 10, 2017 by LGiU

Many local authorities are now directly providing housing. In a research project, currently being undertaken by UCL on behalf of the National Planning Forum and the Royal Town Planning Institute, we are exploring what is motivating local authorities to engage in direct provision of housing across all tenures and housing…

All in a day’s work…Councillor Dave Waters, Tewkesbury Borough Council

August 9, 2017 by LGiU

Over the rest of the summer we will be running a short series of posts from councillors around the country about different aspects of the role. We kick off the series with Councillor Dave Waters, Leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, who gives us taste of what a typical week might bring.

Viewpoint: Measuring local wellbeing – what data matters?

August 7, 2017 by LGiU

A new set of indicators aims to give local authorities a more sophisticated picture of the wellbeing - or otherwise - of their communities than has previously been possible using more traditional data sets. Patricia Curmi explains

Place of clear water

August 2, 2017 by Janet Sillett

Janet Sillett introduces our forthcoming series of briefings and blogs which will look at place and the importance of how we look after places and create places to creating a sense of belonging and community for the people who live there and who will live there.

Bradford Policy Café

July 21, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

At the end of June, we gathered together officers from member councils in West Yorkshire to attend our inaugural Policy Café, as Charlotte Maddix explains.

A seat at the table?

July 19, 2017 by Janet Sillett

Where is the voice of local government in the Brexit debate? Asks Janet Sillett. You’d have to look pretty hard to find it.

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