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Viewpoint: Being ignored

June 21, 2016 by LGiU

Jonathan Flowers on experiencing the fear and frustration of not being listened to.

Jo Cox

June 17, 2016 by LGiU

Alongside the rest of the country, we at LGiU are shocked and saddened beyond measure at the brutal murder of Jo Cox.

Viewpoint: Mind and body go hand in hand for well-being

June 14, 2016 by LGiU

With one in four of us experiencing mental health problems in any one year, it’s important to recognise that promoting mental well-being is as important as physical well-being, says Tom Pollard.

What song takes you back? Supporting people with dementia.

June 7, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

I’d bet there’s a song that instantly takes you back to a moment in time, a period in your life, a feeling you had sharing the song with someone else. I bet there’s more than one. I bet you could pull together a whole playlist that would take you back…

Viewpoint: A bitter pill to swallow

June 6, 2016 by LGiU

Chris Ford warns that the proposed cuts to community pharmacy funding represent a set back to tackling health inequalities and a major loss of important community assets.

It’s all eyes on the metro mayor prize

May 27, 2016 by Janet Sillett

Suddenly our Westminster politicians seem very interested in the local jobs, writes Janet Sillett. Maybe these Johnny-come-latelys to the regional scene sense a shift in power, but they must prove their local chops if they want to be metro mayors.

Viewpoint: Public involvement strengthens the devolution hand

May 23, 2016 by LGiU

The Centre for Public Scrutiny has just launched a new paper on the stages that local areas will have to go through in agreeing and implementing a devolution deals which also highlights the need for greater public involvement, writes Ed Hammond.

It was the Queen’s Speech but the volume was turned way down

May 19, 2016 by Janet Sillett

Does the Queen’s Speech determine what will be happening in parliament over the next session? Asks Janet Sillett. Well obviously it does up to a point but it is clear that it has been heavily influenced by the EU referendum.

The Parkrun furore and the battle for parks

May 13, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

Stoke Gifford Parish Council courted controversy recently with its decision to charge Parkrun participants a fee to cover the costs of repairing pathways. Jennifer Glover sees more difficult decisions ahead for councils when considering how to keep their parks and open spaces viable in the future.