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Election viewpoint: the General Election and the future of local government

April 28, 2015 by LGiU

The sacred cow of the General Election has been the NHS, with parties falling over each other to make bigger and brasher promises. Guest contributor and LGiU count correspondent Rob Foster wonders what the fate of other public services will be after May 7 and urges local government to make…


The Other Election

April 24, 2015 by Hannah Blythe

The General Election isn't the only vote taking place in May. No fewer than 279 English councils are holding elections this year and we're providing comprehensive coverage of #LE2015.







Election gogglebox: a review of the party political broadcasts

April 16, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

While my colleagues had the pleasure of reading and digesting the manifestos, I got the enviable task of reviewing the party political broadcasts.I’ve tried to stay party and policy neutral and just concentrate on cinematographic and entertainment values of these vids.   And what a fine collection of videos it…


What do councils bring to the house building table?

April 15, 2015 by Andrew Walker

Although they have been out of the game for a generation councils are rising to the challenge and starting to build houses again. The policy barriers that prevent them from acting as freely as they would like are legion, but there are some really encouraging signs of creative dynamism across the country.…


Help us cover the local elections

April 8, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

On 7 May, voters all over the country will tick the box next to the name of the person who will make decisions about their local parks, the education of their kids, how they get back and forth to work and the social care of their parents.  And there are general…


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