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Viewpoint: The Housing Bill and the importance of small beer

November 3, 2015 by LGiU

There is much in the new Housing Bill that will garner a lot of attention and heated discussion. Andrew Dixon, Policy Advisor at the Federation of Master Builders, looks past the headline grabbing measures at what is proposed for planning.


October 21, 2015 by LGiU

Planning, as councillors know, is a democratic tool in the otherwise messy business of shaping the future and sharing scarce resources. But, writes Kate Henderson, planning must change so it is genuinely focused on people’s needs.

Improving care through failure

October 20, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

The Japanese art of kintsugi turns brokenness into beauty. The method of repair, using golden seams to rejoin shards, draws the eye to the what was once a point of failure and is now a more beautiful whole.  Having spent the past several months deeply imbedded in the issues around…

Viewpoint: Informing the reform process

October 16, 2015 by LGiU

The announcements and reforms are coming thick and fast from central government, Tom Lawrence takes a look at the landscape. There are many common phrases to describe how things change or how they stay the same. “Evolution not revolution”, “May you live in interesting times” and “Plus ça change, plus c’est…

Squaring the circle

October 8, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Jonathan Carr-West wonders about the seemingly paradoxical role for councillors of representing their electorate and answering to their party.

Celebrating older people

October 1, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Today is Older People’s Day in the UK and the UN International Day of Older Persons and this weekend it’s grandparents day.  I’ve spent the last year or so deep into social care policy. Frankly, it’s all been a bit doom and gloom. Key to Care focused on the grim…

Municipal Postcard: A Yorkshire post

September 18, 2015 by Charlotte Maddix

With the summer winding down and holidays becoming a distant memory, Charlotte Maddix brings our series of Municipal Postcards to an end with her dispatches from Yorkshire.