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Viewpoint: Norwich’s striking new council homes

August 5, 2019 by LGiU

Councillor Gail Harris is Norwich City Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member with responsibility for social housing. Here she explains the story behind the council’s celebrated new Goldsmith Street development, the first council homes to be nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize.


Award-winner’s corner: Iain Malcolm

August 5, 2019 by Alice Buszard

Place-shaping and Environment Award – Cllr Iain Malcolm As part of our series talking to winners of LGiU’s 2018 Cllr Awards, we hear from Cllr Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council. Though he was sadly unable to attend the ceremony, Cllr Malcolm talks about his experience of winning the…


LGiU Fortnightly 2nd August – Big ideas for a summer of #localgov

August 2, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

The summer holidays are upon us and perhaps you might have a bit of headspace to think beyond the day-to-day running of your council. But what should you be thinking about? LGiU offers food for thought on some of the meatier, longterm challenges facing local government and wider society –…




LGiU Fortnightly 19th July – SoS Local Gov: James Brokenshire & Andrew Gwynne

July 19, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

It’s been a big week at LGiU. We hosted our annual Local Government APPG reception on the beautiful House of Commons terrace and launched the final report from the Local Finance Taskforce. Hear the full keynote speech by Rt Hon James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local…


Local Government APPG Summer Reception 2019 – fixing council funding

July 19, 2019 by Alice Buszard

On Monday night, the Local Government APPG (for which LGiU provides the secretariat), hosted its annual summer reception on the House of Commons Terrace. It was an evening to celebrate local government but also an opportunity to discuss some of the current challenges facing councils. James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of…


It’s #TownHalliday time

July 19, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

If you’re anything like LGiU staffers,  you’re a fan of a nice town hall.  For me, no summer holiday is complete without  a visit to a town hall, which the rest of the family totally embraces begrudgingly accepts.  We suspect many of our readers share our love for a bit…


Children’s Life Chances

July 11, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

At the same time that children’s services are placing greater pressure on local government finances, local government finances are placing greater pressure on what we’re able to do for children. So much of what supports a good childhood and leads to a successful adulthood is under threat.  Early childhood intervention,…