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Devolution is more important now than ever, but what are its prospects?

July 11, 2016 by Andrew Walker

Ahead of Greg Clark’s speech to the Local Government APPG Summer Reception this evening, Andrew Walker looks at the post-Brexit prospects for devolution. After the momentous decision taken in the EU referendum on the 23rd of June, there is a great deal for local government to digest and to prepare…

Community pubs: CAMRA and LGiU reception

July 8, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

This week the LGiU and CAMRA hosted a drinks reception, a fringe event of the LGA Conference. Our chair @MichaelPayneUK speaking at our @CAMRA_Official drinks at #LGAConf16 – with real ale in hand. — LGiU (@LGiU) July 5, 2016 The LGiU is about people and the places where we live:…

Telling stories: the human impact of care provider failure

July 7, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

Last year we published Care and Continuity: contingency planning for provider failure. It was designed to be practical guidance for council officers to help them prepare plans in case there was a significant problem with social care providers of home, residential, nursing or specialist care.  In the case of financial…

Certain uncertainty

June 28, 2016 by Janet Sillett

What will Brexit mean for local government, asks Janet Sillett. There is no answer to that – only that the only certainty is uncertainty.

Viewpoint: Being ignored

June 21, 2016 by LGiU

Jonathan Flowers on experiencing the fear and frustration of not being listened to.

Jo Cox

June 17, 2016 by LGiU

Alongside the rest of the country, we at LGiU are shocked and saddened beyond measure at the brutal murder of Jo Cox.

Viewpoint: Mind and body go hand in hand for well-being

June 14, 2016 by LGiU

With one in four of us experiencing mental health problems in any one year, it’s important to recognise that promoting mental well-being is as important as physical well-being, says Tom Pollard.

What song takes you back? Supporting people with dementia.

June 7, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

I’d bet there’s a song that instantly takes you back to a moment in time, a period in your life, a feeling you had sharing the song with someone else. I bet there’s more than one. I bet you could pull together a whole playlist that would take you back…

Viewpoint: A bitter pill to swallow

June 6, 2016 by LGiU

Chris Ford warns that the proposed cuts to community pharmacy funding represent a set back to tackling health inequalities and a major loss of important community assets.

It’s all eyes on the metro mayor prize

May 27, 2016 by Janet Sillett

Suddenly our Westminster politicians seem very interested in the local jobs, writes Janet Sillett. Maybe these Johnny-come-latelys to the regional scene sense a shift in power, but they must prove their local chops if they want to be metro mayors.

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