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The Parkrun furore and the battle for parks

May 13, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

Stoke Gifford Parish Council courted controversy recently with its decision to charge Parkrun participants a fee to cover the costs of repairing pathways. Jennifer Glover sees more difficult decisions ahead for councils when considering how to keep their parks and open spaces viable in the future.

We’re out for the count: the full run down on the elections

May 5, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s polling day at last. Coverage We’re covering the local elections on our live blog here.  We’re pretty much always the first and the fastest with elections results, we’ll be with you through tonight and tomorrow with results and analysis. Crowdsourcing returns We’re also doing something a little different this…

State of the race memo

May 3, 2016 by Jonathan Carr-West

As we enter the final stretch before voters head to the polls on May 5th, LGiU chief executive Jonathan Carr-West brings you a state of the race memo examining the key issues facing the electorate.

Viewpoint: Millions sweep complaints under the carpet

April 29, 2016 by LGiU

Consumer Rights have been thrown into the spotlight in the last year more than ever before, but there are still significant gaps in the public’s knowledge when it comes to how to complain, writes Lewis Shand Smith, Chief Ombudsman at Ombudsman Services.

Celebrate the unsung heroes of democracy

April 28, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

With one week to go until election day, Peter Stanyon helps us celebrate some of the unsung heroes of democracy: the electoral administrators. Alongside their local authority colleagues; returning officers, communications and web professionals, and all those who staff the polls and count the votes, local authorities deliver the mechanics of…

Viewpoint: Libraries change lives

April 26, 2016 by LGiU

Our public libraries are enormously loved and valued, to the extent that a whopping 265million visits were made to UK libraries last year. Cat Cooper urges great library services to enter the CILIP Libraries Change Lives award.

Viewpoint: Devolution – are the sceptics right?

April 25, 2016 by LGiU

The fanfare led by George Osborne in relation to the ground-breaking devolution deal given to Manchester and the Northern Powerhouse saw a surge of excitement in the local government community. However, even with the wave of signed deals scepticism remains around what is truly driving this devolution revolution and the…

They said it couldn’t be done! (or how we know about every candidate this May)

April 21, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

Joe Mitchell, from our Democracy Club partners in #OutfortheCount, takes a moment to celebrate a momentous achievement in opening up UK elections, but there’s more to do!   We had a crazy idea. Based on our success at last year’s general election, creating the most comprehensive and accurate parliamentary candidate database,…

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