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Beautiful by design

September 1, 2015 by LGiU

A recent ResPublica paper suggests that communities need a legal right to beauty. Janet Sillett finds much to ponder in the idea.

The first 100 days – commitments, progress and tensions

August 19, 2015 by Janet Sillett

Can any modern UK government live up to Franklin D Roosevelt’s first 100 days in 1933 where the legislation was passed to create the New Deal (and where apparently the concept of the first 100 days was born)? It’s highly unlikely, but nevertheless politicos and the media like to judge how…

Viewpoint: Home sweet Salford home

August 18, 2015 by LGiU

After the Winterbourne scandal in 2011 the government recommended that people with learning disabilities be move out of institutions and into the community. In Salford they had already been doing that for 10 years; Peter Connor, Assistant Mayor with responsibility for adult social care explains.

Municipal postcard: J’aime l’administration locale

August 14, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

This summer we’ve had some jet-setting LGiU staffers sending back Municipal Postcards from Rwanda, Botswana, New York, San Francisco, and Florence.  But it all kicked off in Paris. The city of lovers of local government. Tagging on to some European work on resilience, we thought it would a great opportunity to pursue the entente…

Dilnot and the chasm in care planning

August 13, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

While I was investigating home care in England last year, my family in America was receiving home care. My stepfather, in his 80s, had a range of health conditions which meant he was no longer able to look after himself. He became increasingly frail. My mother, who is a small…