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Sun, sea, sand and local government

July 5, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

This sun was blazing, the sand was golden and the sea was blue in beautiful Bournemouth for this year’s LGA conference. But there was a clear divide between busy, lanyarded, suited and booted conference delegates and happy holiday makers. There was a mood of urgency and a clear sense that…

LGiU Fortnightly 5th July – LGA Conference Special

July 5, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Recorded live from sunny Bournemouth, LGiU joined the great and the good of local government at the LGA’s annual conference this week. We discuss the messages coming from Secretary of State James Brokenshire and new LGA chair Cllr James Jamieson, as well as updates from LGiU’s fringe events. We caught…

Local leadership shows the way on homelessness

July 1, 2019 by LGiU

Piali Das Gupta was one of the Commissioners on the LGiU Homelessness Commission; following the publication last week of the final report and recommendations by the Commission she tells us about that experience.

Viewpoint: The future of seaside towns

June 27, 2019 by LGiU

Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, explains his authority’s multifaceted approach to regeneration, which takes in much more than the coastline.

Memo for the new PM…let local government deliver

June 25, 2019 by Jonathan Carr-West

And then there were two…. After a dramatic week last week (followed by a tumultuous weekend) we now know which of two men will become Prime Minister at the end of July. This is about as close as things get to certainty in British politics right now, writes Jonathan Carr-West.

LGiU Fortnightly 21st June – Ending homelessness

June 21, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Homelessness is one of our society’s most intractable issues and one that has been at the top of the political agenda for several years. This week LGiU’s local government-led Homelessness Commission launched its final report. We discuss its recommendations on how to accelerate progress towards ending homelessness. And it would…

The basic laws of political physics

June 13, 2019 by Jonathan Carr-West

One of the features of contemporary politics is the speed with which things move, writes Jonathan Carr West. And amidst all the drama and uncertainty it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. What is signal and what is noise?

LGiU Fortnightly 7th June – Tax and the city

June 7, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Edinburgh Council’s Leader, Cllr Adam Mcvey, is marching the issue of tourism tax all the way to Holyrood. We speak to him about what he’s learned from the process about developing a solid evidence base and reaching out to less-than-enthusiastic stakeholders. Back in London, LGiU spoke before the CLG Select…

Caught between a rock and a cliff-face

May 29, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Today saw the launch of results from two major investigations into the state of council finances, both of which starkly demonstrate the impossible bind between short and long term pressures. BBC analysis of government figures focused on 11 councils that they believe are in risk of running out of cash,…