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LGiU Fortnightly 1st February: Trash talkin’ councils

February 1, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Bins – a perennial doorstep issue for voters, a frequent headache for councils. Following the launch of the Government’s new Resource and Waste Strategy, this week we’re talking trash. We speak to Dr Peter Maddox, Director of WRAP, about DEFRA’s new proposals, targets and consultations that will have major impact…




Picking up the pieces

January 24, 2019 by Janet Sillett

It may have been all but sidelined by central government during the past few years, but, says Janet Sillett, local government will be the one still delivering services and striving to do the best for communities after 29th March.



What do city council treasurers think about council funding?

January 18, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU partnered with Core Cities and London Councils to host a roundtable discussion on local government finance. Held on 15th January, we welcomed 10 Chief Finance Officers of councils in Core Cities and London Boroughs to hear their views on the current financial situation and what we should be doing…


LGiU Fortnightly 18th January: 2019, the year of the council (or maybe just Brexit)

January 18, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

What does 2019 hold for local government? Is this the year councils finally get the clarity they desperately need on social care and funding? Although Whitehall is distracted by Brexit, there are some glimmers of hope that other policies are still on the agenda – including the NHS 10 year…


Charting our own course

January 17, 2019 by Jonathan Carr-West

2019 was supposed to be the year that we start to get some visibility on the way forward on some of our most intractable challenges but is that likely in a year that already looks to be consumed by Brexit, asks Jonathan Carr-West.


Listen in to local government

January 8, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

LGiU Fortnightly is almost a year old, we’ve enjoyed delivering the podcast but we want to make sure that we’re delivering something that our members (and others) find both entertaining and informative. If you have been listening, let us know what you’ve enjoyed and what you’d like to hear more…


Tackling childhood obesity through planning – lessons from South Tyneside Council

December 21, 2018 by LGiU

Childhood obesity is a national problem and one which isn’t going away. Data published from the national child measurement programme (NCMP), in October showed the rate of severe obesity among year 6 children had increased by more than a third since 2006/7. In the borough of South Tyneside, levels are higher…