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Not quite the one we’ve been waiting for: the LGA’s Adult Social Care Green Paper

August 1, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

We welcome this week’s publication of the Local Government Association’s Green Paper on Adult Social Care and wellbeing The Lives We Want to Lead. Someone had to do it. The Government’s promised green paper appears to have been kicked beyond the long grass and into dense thicket, and it’s beyond…

Viewpoint: Teacher vacancies a varied picture

August 1, 2018 by LGiU

The news that teacher numbers were down in 2017, as measured by the DfE’s School Workforce Census, doesn’t tell the whole story, says Oxfordshire Councillor John Howson.

LGiU Fortnightly 27th July: Fixing council funding

July 27, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

What next for local government finance? This week we discuss our newest publication, the Local Finance Scorecard, in which we explore the options for sustainable funding post-2020. Plus the highlights from our subscriber-only Daily News service and policy briefings, including developers being given power to overwrite local plans, the delayed…

California dreaming…

July 26, 2018 by Janet Sillett

A recent trip Stateside has left Janet Sillett pondering the lessons that local government across the globe could learn from each other.

Viewpoint: Crisis comms – lessons from Greater Manchester Police

July 19, 2018 by LGiU

Amanda Coleman, head of corporate communications at Greater Manchester Police, recently presented a webinar for Vuelio on Crisis Comms, Lessons from Greater Manchester Police. She discussed the Manchester Arena bombing and the importance of keeping people at the heart of your response. The webinar included a live Q&A, and afterwards she spoke to Vuelio’s …

Local Government APPG meeting on Homelessness with Nigel Adams MP

July 16, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

On Monday 9th July, the Local Government APPG hosted a meeting in Parliament to discuss homelessness and were joined by Nigel Adams MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

LGiU Fortnightly 13th July: The view from Basildon and Kingston

July 13, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

This week we report on Basildon’s place-shaping work, Kingston’s women-led administration and our APPG meeting on homelessness with Nigel Adams MP. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings, including business rate reform (or lack thereof), the Letwin review on housebuilding and brown bears in Gloucestershire. Hosted by Ingrid…

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