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The first 100 days – commitments, progress and tensions

August 19, 2015 by Janet Sillett

Can any modern UK government live up to Franklin D Roosevelt’s first 100 days in 1933 where the legislation was passed to create the New Deal (and where apparently the concept of the first 100 days was born)? It’s highly unlikely, but nevertheless politicos and the media like to judge how…


Viewpoint: Home sweet Salford home

August 18, 2015 by LGiU

After the Winterbourne scandal in 2011 the government recommended that people with learning disabilities be move out of institutions and into the community. In Salford they had already been doing that for 10 years; Peter Connor, Assistant Mayor with responsibility for adult social care explains.


Municipal postcard: J’aime l’administration locale

August 14, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

This summer we’ve had some jet-setting LGiU staffers sending back Municipal Postcards from Rwanda, Botswana, New York, San Francisco, and Florence.  But it all kicked off in Paris. The city of lovers of local government. Tagging on to some European work on resilience, we thought it would a great opportunity to pursue the entente…


Dilnot and the chasm in care planning

August 13, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

While I was investigating home care in England last year, my family in America was receiving home care. My stepfather, in his 80s, had a range of health conditions which meant he was no longer able to look after himself. He became increasingly frail. My mother, who is a small…



Municipal Postcard: foundations of greatness and beauty

August 4, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Ingrid Koehler indulged her passions for art and history on her recent holiday to Rome and Florence and found much of it an enduring testimony to the importance of effective local government. I’m just back from Italy. Forget the villas on the Northern lakes or sipping Campari and soda on…


A History of Local Government in Ten Buildings: Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room

July 31, 2015 by Hannah Blythe

Did you know that British local authorities own castles, ice rinks, football clubs and even miniature railways? Councils have some unusual assets, brimming with cultural and economic value and we’d like to find out more. What other interesting council buildings are out there? In what innovative ways can councils use…


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