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Localism in a hung parliament

October 10, 2014 by Andrew Walker

A hung parliament next May is looking like a very likely prospect. But while coalition negotiations leave everything hanging in the balance, the practice of governing where it really counts will carry on. 135 days after their last national election a new coalition government has been formed in Belgium. This…

Public Health at the Labour Fringe

October 1, 2014 by Hannah Blythe

LGiU explores local councils' provision of public health services at our Labour Conference Fringe event.

LGiU at the Labour Party Conference

September 22, 2014 by LGiU

Post referendum, pre-general election - localism will be a hot topic at the party conferences. Find out what LGiU is doing at the Labour Party Conference.

We need real localism, not technocratic tinkering

September 19, 2014 by LGiU

Jonathan Carr-West, LGiU Chief Executive, responds to the result of the Scottish independence referendum: Scotland’s decision to stay in the Union and the additional devolution it has been promised will see a renewed focus on local governance in the rest of the UK. People will ask themselves why it is appropriate…

Barker Commission: A threat to social care?

September 5, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

Yesterday the Barker Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care was launched at the King’s Fund.  I can only commend the commissioners’ willingness to tackle some really tough issues. We know that care is in a perilous state. We know that many people in desperate situations aren’t getting…

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