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Viewpoint: Striking a balance

January 19, 2016 by LGiU

Being a councillor and a parent are the two most important and rewarding roles in my life, writes Gareth Siddorn, but the way local government is structured means that I often get to the end of the week feeling that I haven’t fulfilled either to the best of my ability.


Blockchain and local government

January 13, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin – the cryptocurrency or digital money – that’s created and controlled by the network and not a central bank. And while Bitcoin has sometimes been hot news, what lies beneath the currency, blockchain might be about to set the world on fire. If the easy publishing…


Viewpoint: Can local authorities deliver a powerful local growth cocktail in 2016?

January 12, 2016 by David Marlow

With George Osborne opening 2016 warning of the "dangerous cocktail of new threats from around the world", the necessity of local authorities ensuring our local growth 'home bases' are in order is urgent and important. The challenge, though, is that this is far from straightforward, writes David Marlow.


Viewpoint: Innovating for local government

January 8, 2016 by LGiU

Croydon councillors are working with NEF to develop new and innovative ideas for for service delivery in response to the challenges thrown up by the current lay of the local government landscape,as Councillor Jamie Audsley explains.



The governance of flooding in Britain is a mess

January 4, 2016 by LGiU

As the full impact of this winter's floods becomes clearer local authorities are putting their plans into action and helping their communities to cope, writes Andy Johnston. Councils will rightly be expected to provide shelter for those made homeless, inform householders about support, reopen roads and work hand in hand…


Cutting and dealing: top 5 local government stories of 2015

January 2, 2016 by Lauren Lucas

'May you live in interesting times’ is an oft-quoted (and apparently apocryphal) Chinese curse. It’s certainly one that was visited on local government in 2015, for better or for worse. The national political environment has shifted dramatically over the last twelve months. But what were the biggest stories in local…


Shared concerns, shared perceptions

December 22, 2015 by Janet Sillett

Listening to Professor Richard Kerley, (Chair, Centre for Scottish Public Policy) at the first ever LGiU Scotland event a couple of weeks ago, reminded me that England and Scotland may have different local government systems, but we have much in common, writes Janet Sillett. Especially how central government sees local…


A new road to local?

December 14, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

The spending review was not just about public finances. It was an opportunity for George Osborne to set out his vision for the state over the rest of the decade: a decade by the end of which he hopes to be leading the Conservative party into the next election, writes…


Our new policy themes for 2016

December 11, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

We’re already excited about the New Year and our brand new Policy Portfolio for 2016. Wellbeing and fun Devolution and localism Caring for people Resilience Technology and Transformation And we want you to be a part of it – you can sign up here to get involved and stay updated.…


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