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LGiU Fortnightly 10th May: Independents’ Day

May 10, 2019 by Alice Buszard

On this week’s podcast, we reflect on what messages can be drawn from the surprising outcome of last week’s elections. Is it all about bins not Brexit, or are there more complex layers to these elections? We contemplate the increased Lib Dem and Independent vote, and speak to Cllr Steve…


Can crowdfunding be an alternative to PWLB?

May 8, 2019 by LGiU

The UK pioneered the creation of regulated crowdfunding and cumulatively more than £10bn of money has been invested and lent by individuals to businesses, projects and people since its inception in 2004. Karl Harder talks about the potential for local government


LGiU supports Cancer Research UK call for sustainable public health funding

May 7, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU are pleased to support Cancer Research UK’s campaign to fix the funding crisis facing public health, alongside many others in the sector. Our Local Finance Taskforce has been calling for a sustainable solution to council funding and this campaign highlights the impact the cuts and uncertainty are having in…


Local elections live coverage

May 2, 2019 by LGiU

Local elections 2019 as they happened LIVE – we covered the results from before the polls opened until the last result was declared. Want to know more about local government and how it’s run? Check out our facts and figures page . See our final press statement on the results…


Who runs the Councils in No Overall Control?

May 2, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Before the  local elections on 2 May over 30 councils are in “No Overall Control”.  After the results were in there was much more grey on the map. LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler looks at what that means in practice.  Council control maps show red for Labour run councils, yellow for Liberal…


What do district councils do?

May 2, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Today 168 district councils hold elections for councillors, about a quarter of them are electing by thirds, so most of them are ‘all out’.  What do district councils do and why are these elections so important?  Matthew Hamilton, Director of the District Councils Network tells us more. District councils England’s district councils are…


LGiU Fortnightly LE2019 Special – Dispatches from the frontline of democracy

May 1, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Councillor candidate hopefuls up and down the country are out in force this week, as Thursday’s ballot looms. We speak to those people at the frontline of our local democracy – whether running for the first time, veteran campaigners, standing down or switching party – and to the Association of…


Viewpoint: The verdict awaits

May 1, 2019 by LGiU

In an era of peak unpredictability, tomorrow’s local elections offer a limited snapshot of the state of political opinion in the UK, writes Andrew Hawkins.


Local elections: The hot seats and the not seats

April 29, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Voters can go to the polls in 248 council areas to choose 8,424 new councillors in 5,629 ward from 25,778 candidates on this Thursday 2 May*. Each person’s vote is meant to carry the same weight, but some voter’s choices will be a little bit choicer than others. In years…


Sub national government: universal themes and local differences

April 25, 2019 by Janet Sillett

Taking part in the European Congress of Local Government earlier this month made me think about how local government across Europe shares so many themes and priorities, writes Janet Sillett. And also how it is different in every part of the continent – local government is local after all local…