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Building: A role for local government?

January 20, 2015 by Andrew Walker

If "the state no longer builds", what's the real role of local government in ensuring there's enough homes in their community?

The future of libraries

January 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

A new report has launched on the future of libraries. A new beginning or another dusty old tome?

Key to Care debate continues

January 7, 2015 by LGiU

This morning the BBC Radio 4 covered the story of Deb Claridge - a care worker who has been struggling to have her claim resolved. This continues the debate we explored in our recent report on the home care workforce.

Going for growth: The CCLA Local Growth Achievement Award

January 6, 2015 by Andrew Walker

In straitened economic times local government can provide a vital boost to economic prosperity for hard hit communities. The CCLA Local Growth Achievement Awards recognises councillors' efforts in this field.

Viewpoint: Local democracy for everyone

December 23, 2014 by LGiU

For every one of us with a bestowed interest in democracy, local or otherwise, there are another half-dozen people feeling disenfranchised by the current mechanics of the political system.

Viewpoint: CSDG – Collaborate for better outcomes

December 12, 2014 by LGiU

The Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG) was delighted to launch Collaborating for better outcomes, its joint report with LGiU, last week. This is a groundbreaking report which sees commissioners and providers coming together for the first time to find solutions to the challenges facing the sector from the impact of austerity…

Key to Care: Media Coverage

December 10, 2014 by Hannah Blythe

Last week the LGiU published Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce. The media coverage was fantastic. Recognition of the problem facing people needing care and those delivering it is the first step, now it’s time for action.

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