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Viewpoint: Piecing together the education system

February 9, 2016 by LGiU

Unwittingly, argues Sarah Phillips, we are drifting away from an effective national education system to fragmented centralism. 2016 could be the year when we take a good hard look at all the pieces and seize the opportunity to shape a better system.

Feeling the pressure: Scottish local government funding

February 5, 2016 by LGiU

In the face of a tight spending settlement, Scottish councils are preparing plans for service cuts and council tax rises. The future of local government funding is therefore set to be one of the big issues in May’s Holyrood election, writes Andy Johnston.

Why should we celebrate our libraries this Saturday?

February 4, 2016 by LGiU

This weekend sees the fifth National Libraries Day, writes Mark Taylor, a country-wide celebration of libraries and why they matter to families and communities, to the economy and society.

How can we get to outcomes based commissioning?

January 27, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

We published Key to Care: The Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce in December 2014. Just before Christmas we summarised how well things had gone in terms of achieving our recommendations. (Spoiler alert: not so good.) One of our key recommendations was around…

Rocking local democracy

January 25, 2016 by Jane Sankarayya

Do you love local democracy? Do you have ideas about how it could be better? Notwesminster's forthcoming event might be just the place for you; Spencer Wilson from Kirklees Council explains why.

Decentralisation, the practical and the visionary: The Rwandan experience (2)

January 21, 2016 by Janet Sillett

A second blog from Rwanda where Janet Sillett reflects on decentralisation there and in the UK. Following on from Andrew’s briefing yesterday – our short stay in Rwanda has given us so much to think about. Not least, today’s visit to the Rwanda Genocide Memorial museum. It’s of course profoundly…

Local democracy without parties: The Rwandan experience

January 21, 2016 by Andrew Walker

LGiU is in Rwanda this week, with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) to get to know our partners the Rwandan Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) and to hear about their plans for a local government institute. We’re hoping it’s the first of many international collaborations, which will allow…

Viewpoint: Striking a balance

January 19, 2016 by LGiU

Being a councillor and a parent are the two most important and rewarding roles in my life, writes Gareth Siddorn, but the way local government is structured means that I often get to the end of the week feeling that I haven’t fulfilled either to the best of my ability.

Blockchain and local government

January 13, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin – the cryptocurrency or digital money – that’s created and controlled by the network and not a central bank. And while Bitcoin has sometimes been hot news, what lies beneath the currency, blockchain might be about to set the world on fire. If the easy publishing…

Viewpoint: Can local authorities deliver a powerful local growth cocktail in 2016?

January 12, 2016 by David Marlow

With George Osborne opening 2016 warning of the "dangerous cocktail of new threats from around the world", the necessity of local authorities ensuring our local growth 'home bases' are in order is urgent and important. The challenge, though, is that this is far from straightforward, writes David Marlow.