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Viewpoint: Building Better Places, a national call to action

April 20, 2016 by LGiU

In February the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment completed nine months of evidence gathering and deliberations and released their report Building Better Places. Matthew Carmona sees an opportunity to create better places for us to live.


Viewpoint: Social services – who should decide?

April 18, 2016 by LGiU

New Zealand and England have strikingly different approaches to the role which local government should play in the delivery of major social services. Peter McKinlay looks at the differences - and the similarities.


Viewpoint: Turning Denmark into a smart cities leader

April 15, 2016 by LGiU

Arup was commissioned by the Danish public authorities to complete a research study on the opportunity of smart cities for Denmark and the key next steps needed at a national level to bring the country to the forefront of the global smart cities market. Ina Dimireva explains.


Why our intern was out for the count: the quality of democratic data

April 14, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

In advance of the LGiU and Democracy Club’s Out for the Count project, we asked our intern Roshni Mistry to check on the quality of democratic information offered on council websites that we thought were holding local elections. What she found was no surprise to us, but quantified the lack of clear democratic…


Viewpoint: Making the deals real – a busy year for the pragmatists

April 12, 2016 by Majeed Neky

Since its experimental beginnings around 2011, the process of decentralising power to English cities and regions through a succession of 'deals' has had pragmatism at its root. Majeed Neky looks beyond the headlines to the practicalities of making the devolution deals work on the ground.


We need you to help open elections

April 8, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

We are very pleased to announce that the LGiU and Democracy Club project Out for the Count has received support from the Open Data Institute.  Out for the Count is going to deliver the first open data set of local elections return data as soon as possible after 5 May…


Can universities help councils to be more innovative?

April 7, 2016 by LGiU

How can councils be more innovative? Public Collaboration Lab's Suzanne Griffiths explains why Camden Council is working with the University of the Arts London to find new ways of delivering services - and asks for your help in promoting better partnerships between councils and higher education.


Crowding out

April 6, 2016 by LGiU

Overcrowding seems to be something we all talk about, but how do we solve the problem or begin to address its effects? Rose La Touche from Camden Council introduces a new project she is running to try to mitigate some of the problems that people living in overcrowded conditions face.


Viewpoint: Implementing the Education and Adoption Act

April 4, 2016 by John Fowler

The Education and Adoption Act 2016 commenced on Monday 18 April 2016. John Fowler, Policy Manager, LGiU, looks behind the implementation and finds the DfE must do better. [This is an updated blog of one originally published on 4 April 2016] The Education and Adoption Act 2016 (Commencement, Transitional Provisions and Savings)…