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Viewpoint: The Art of Commissioning

March 18, 2016 by LGiU

When arts and cultural organisations team up with public authorities, they can deliver better outcomes for people and communities. That’s the main finding from a major three-year project that has brought together insights and practical resources from two pioneering localities, Kent and Gloucestershire, writes Julia Slay of the New Economics…

All change?

March 14, 2016 by Janet Sillett

There is currently one political story in town - and it is not the local elections. The forthcoming EU referendum is dominating the news agenda and, as Janet Sillett points out, the result will have widespread ramifications for local authorities, the services they deliver and the devolution agenda. Councils must…

Viewpoint: The pension conundrum

March 11, 2016 by LGiU

The Local Government Pension Scheme is under increasing strain - Tom Jeffery argues that the scheme needs to be looking at investment alternatives and changes to infrastructure in order to maintain its independence.


Making devolution work: Six key questions…

March 3, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

Last week we held the first Policy Network event of 2016, our Devolution Roundtable lunch. As the the ‘devo deal’ negotiations get into full swing across the country, it seemed like the right time to hear from councils about their experiences. Many of us have called for more local devolved…

Viewpoint: Farewell Education and Adoption Bill, welcome the Act

February 26, 2016 by John Fowler

As the Education and Adoption Bill becomes an Act, John Fowler reflects on the lack of public debate that accompanied its passage through Parliament; a marked difference from the progress of the Education Reform Bill almost 30 years previously.

Communicating elections: lessons from the LGiU experience

February 17, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

We have been covering the local elections for a number of years, writes Ingrid Koehler. We’re almost always the fastest with results from each and every council, we’re comprehensive, and I like to think that as a local government membership organisation we provide the best insight to what’s happening on the…

Viewpoint: Working out resilience with Goodgym

February 15, 2016 by LGiU

On the face of it GoodGym combines volunteering with fitness - but, as Alex Kenmure writes, the relationships that it and other similar enterprises build with councils and within communities have an important contribution to make to the resilience of an area.

Viewpoint: Piecing together the education system

February 9, 2016 by LGiU

Unwittingly, argues Sarah Phillips, we are drifting away from an effective national education system to fragmented centralism. 2016 could be the year when we take a good hard look at all the pieces and seize the opportunity to shape a better system.

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