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LGiU Fortnightly 21st September: Trust in (local) politics

September 21, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

What does it mean to ‘trust’ political institutions? And how can local government play its part in raising the level of political discourse? As part of our Public Trust Lab project, we focus on issues of transparency, accountability and democratic processes in this week’s episode. We bring you highlights from…


Bridging the gap

September 19, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

We have, believes Jonathan Carr-West, an increasingly accurate and compelling vision for how our civic futures could look. But how do we bridge the gap from where we are now to where we need to be?


Integrity, openness and fairness in building public trust

September 14, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

“The language of politics has been debased. It is cruel, filled with insult, sneer and personal animosities as a result of the confusion that reigns. And everyone is shouting in more extreme language from the rooftops. I think that people are bemused, frustrated and cross. No one is listening to…


Viewpoint: Cuts to spending on disadvantage foreshadow a looming crisis

September 12, 2018 by LGiU

Lloyds Bank Foundation's new research from the New Policy Institute looks at changes to local government spending supporting people facing disadvantage. For LGiU, Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programmes Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation explains what they’ve found.



Viewpoint: Our school system – the way ahead

September 7, 2018 by LGiU

Approaching the tenth anniversary of the start of the “self-improving school-led system” concept we are at a cross-road for our schools system. Do we continue to develop a genuinely school-led system, writes Nick MacKenzie, or do the current tensions in the system lead us in a different direction?


Viewpoint: A child friendly election in Norway

September 5, 2018 by LGiU

Norway’s September 2017 election also saw Save the Children Norway design a children’s election. The aim was to reach 5,000 children aged between nine and 15 years. Yet in the end, over 60,000 youngsters participated in the election, writes Julia Zvobgo. 


Viewpoint: Six weeks to save local economic growth…

August 16, 2018 by LGiU

OK – now I’ve got your attention, I admit the headline is slightly OTT. But, I promise readers, this is less far-fetched and more grounded than most of the ‘fake news’ and hysterical banners with which we are daily assailed from national politicians and their preferred media platforms, says David…


LGiU Fortnightly 10th August: Not-so-silly season for local government

August 10, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

As Parliament grinds to a halt, we reflect on the situation in local government left by the vacuum of policy strategy on social care and funding, as well as the impact of a No Deal Brexit on councils. Plus we launch our #LocalGovReads campaign, asking what local government is reading…


LocalGov Reads

August 10, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s August and the traditional time of things slowing down a little bit in local government.  Many councillors and officers take a bit of time off from the increasingly grim reality of local government finance. Whether travelling abroad, visiting the wonderful treasures in these Isles or enjoying a staycation close…