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The (local) state we’re in

November 20, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

Does it matter if local government fails? Well obviously at LGiU we think it does, writes Jonathan Carr-West. But, why?



Local government finance – the Core Cities’ perspective

November 15, 2018 by Alice Buszard

In October, LGiU hosted a roundtable event at Nottingham City Council in conjunction with Core Cities. The roundtable was attended by Chief Finance Officers and was held as part of LGiU’s Local Finance Taskforce, a major project to elevate the profile of the funding crisis in local government and to present…


Regeneration and engagement: a call for case studies

November 15, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

The UK faces a housing crisis and one of the ways that some councils are increasing the number of homes is through estate regeneration. This can have the benefit of improving housing standards for existing tenants while increasing housing density in a human and community friendly way. However, estate regeneration…


Reflections on a visit to Auschwitz

November 15, 2018 by Janet Sillett

What we make of memorial sites - how we preserve their authenticity yet make them accessible to many people is crucial if they are to stand as lasting reminders, reflects Janet Sillett after a visit to the former concentration camp in Poland.


LGiU Fortnightly: Special Edition! Live from LGiU Cllr Awards 2018

November 9, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU held its ninth annual Cllr Achievement Awards on Tuesday, to celebrate the shining stars of local government! In this special edition of LGiU Fortnightly, we run you through the evening in case you couldn’t be there, telling you a bit about each of the shortlisted councillors and hearing from…


LGiU & CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards 2018 – the winners!

November 8, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

On Tuesday night we hosted the ninth annual Cllr Achievement Awards, the only awards to recognise the achievements of elected members. The evening has become a staple of the local government calendar and the largest annual cross-party gathering of council leaders outside the LGA conference. Listen to our special episode of LGiU…


LGiU Fortnightly 2nd November: Singin’ the Budget blues?

November 2, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

Pleasantly surprising or deeply disappointing? Cause for optimism or despair? Welcome extra cash or hush money? Listen to Jennifer and Jonathan lay out their very different views on the Chancellor’s Budget announcements this week – from potholes to social care, high street regeneration to business rate reliefs. We also bring…


LGiU Fortnightly 18th October: Does transparency lead to trust in politics?

October 19, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

We live in changing political times and many observe a decline in trust in politics. Meanwhile there is now an unprecedented collection of personal data by public and private organisations. What does it mean to be transparent in the public sector in this context? We speak to Dr Ben Worthy…