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Welcome to new UK Citizens

July 27, 2009 by Andy Sawford

At a meeting a few weeks ago Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas, said that he had a draft 400 word statement of welcome to new citizens drafted in his Ministerial box for his approval.  Raising his eyes to the ceiling, expressing frustration at the particular difficulties of language and political correctness…


10 Tory Council Leaders to become MPs?

July 22, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Interesting list over on ConHome of Tory council Leaders likely to become MPs at the next election. Heather Wheeler is also a Director of the LGiU. 1. Bob Blackman (Harrow East; ex-Brent Council leader) 2. Kevin Davis (Yeovil; ex-Kingston Council leader) 3. Mike Freer (Finchley and Golders Green; Barnet Council…


Local carbon budgets

July 21, 2009 by Gemma Bradshaw

Today’s report from CLG Strengthening local democracy  marks a significant turnaround for UK climate change policy. Among a wealth of proposals on local accountability and democracy, the government is seeking ideas for new powers for local government to tackle climate change. CLG’s report makes it clear that more needs to…


‘Strengthening Local Democracy’ consultation launched

July 21, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Went to the launch this morning by John Denham of the government’s ‘Strengthening Local Democracy’ consultation.  These are my first thoughts on hearing him and skimming the document. The starting point of this consultation is the right one: the recognition that councillors and councils should lead communities, and shape all…


Localise criminal justice

July 20, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Today we launch ‘Primary Justice’ the report following our major inquiry into criminal justice.  The main recommendation is to localise a substantial part of the system, putting around 35% of the funding into a local criminal justice budget held by local authorities working in partnership with local parts of the…


Morgan Stanley, a teenage scribbler and the fate of social media

July 19, 2009 by Jasmine Ali

The City is abuzz with a report on social media written by a 15 year old for Morgan Stanley. But what should local authorities take from it? 1) Teenagers don’t read newspapers. Who’s reading your newsletter? Think of other ways of communicating if you want to get through to young…


Do Regions Matter?

July 16, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Our regions conference yesterday went with a fizz.    I started the event by proposing ‘five principles for a new debate’: Regional arrangements should be voluntary and locally self defined – not dictated by the EU or by Whitehall  Democracy and accountability of regions should be vested in local government, accountable to…


Social Care Green Paper update

July 14, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Green Paper is out.  This is what we are saying: We welcome the publication of the Shaping the Future of Care Together green paper, which has outlined plans to provide a more sustainable and fairer social care system. The LGiU has long been calling for radical reform of the…


Social Care Green Paper and the inner workings of a think-tank

July 14, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Government will publish a Social Care Green Paper today.   We have long been calling for radical reform of the social care system and have lobbied the Government heavily in the lead up to the Green Paper.    With only 10 months at most before the next election this Green Paper…


Ageing strategy and timebanking

July 14, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Government published its Ageing Strategy yesterday. It has been due out for a while and we have been talking to DWP Ministers and officials about it, particularly around the recommendations of our Never Too Late for Living report on demographic change and older people services.    This is the LGiU…