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Councils and cyber security

June 2, 2017 by Lauren Lucas

A recent ransomware attack had major consequences for the NHS. Local authorities must take it as a wake-up call, writes Lauren Lucas.

GE17 lite #3

May 31, 2017 by LGiU

You can count the days to go on your two hands and once again here is our roundup of some mildly interesting election shenanigans. Plus all the usual links to more indepth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material.

Falling short on social care reform? The manifesto pledges

May 26, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

We’ve all known for some time that radical changes are needed in the way that social care is funded and commissioned by local authorities and for those individuals who don’t qualify for state aid for their social care. The LGiU has produced a series of reports showing that social care,…

GE17 lite #2

May 26, 2017 by LGiU

Less than two weeks to go until polling day - I know, I know calm yourselves. Here is our second roundup of that curious bubble we like to call election.

GE17 lite #1

May 18, 2017 by LGiU

Not long now! Over the next three weeks we are going to do the occasional roundup on the blog of what’s going on in election world with links to more indepth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material.

Viewpoint: Run together

May 16, 2017 by LGiU

Carol Grant finds lessons in the Parkrun story about the value of investing time and effort into collaborative relationships and the success that can be achieved when different partners focus on working well together.


The Local Government Finance Bill has fallen – what now?

May 8, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

The announcement of the snap general election threw Parliament into chaos, and one of the casualties was the Local Government Finance Bill, which was making its way through the House of Commons. Where does this leave local government? asks Jennifer Glover. The Local Government Bill has now fallen, meaning it…

Out for the Count: local elections results

May 3, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

Following the local elections we have now, with the MJ, published our annual Map of Political Control which all subscribers to the MJ will have received. You can download a PDF of the map – MJ/LGiU Map of Political Control Our live Out for the Count local elections results coverage is…

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