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Groundhog day for civil society

August 9, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

With limited fanfare, DCMS today launched the government’s latest civil society strategy proudly described as the first new such strategy in 15 years. Key features include a £165 million fund to support community organisations, a new Innovation in Democracy programme to pilot participatory democracy techniques such as citizens’ juries, more…



Brexit and Civil Contingency Planning

August 3, 2018 by Andrew Walker

The story that has emerged over the last week or so that we may have to begin stockpiling food, medicines and other essentials in readiness for a no-deal Brexit is disturbing to say the least. It reveals something of the shock we can expect next April without adequate planning and…


Northamptonshire on the brink

August 2, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

Things lurch from bad to worse in Northamptonshire. Following the issue of a second section 114 notice and a scathing letter to councillors from the Finance Director condemning years of financial mismanagement that have left the council on the brink of collapse and needing to find another £60 – 70…


Not quite the one we’ve been waiting for: the LGA’s Adult Social Care Green Paper

August 1, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

We welcome this week’s publication of the Local Government Association’s Green Paper on Adult Social Care and wellbeing The Lives We Want to Lead. Someone had to do it. The Government’s promised green paper appears to have been kicked beyond the long grass and into dense thicket, and it’s beyond…


Viewpoint: Teacher vacancies a varied picture

August 1, 2018 by LGiU

The news that teacher numbers were down in 2017, as measured by the DfE’s School Workforce Census, doesn’t tell the whole story, says Oxfordshire Councillor John Howson.


LGiU Fortnightly 27th July: Fixing council funding

July 27, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

What next for local government finance? This week we discuss our newest publication, the Local Finance Scorecard, in which we explore the options for sustainable funding post-2020. Plus the highlights from our subscriber-only Daily News service and policy briefings, including developers being given power to overwrite local plans, the delayed…


California dreaming…

July 26, 2018 by Janet Sillett

A recent trip Stateside has left Janet Sillett pondering the lessons that local government across the globe could learn from each other.



Viewpoint: Crisis comms – lessons from Greater Manchester Police

July 19, 2018 by LGiU

Amanda Coleman, head of corporate communications at Greater Manchester Police, recently presented a webinar for Vuelio on Crisis Comms, Lessons from Greater Manchester Police. She discussed the Manchester Arena bombing and the importance of keeping people at the heart of your response. The webinar included a live Q&A, and afterwards she spoke to Vuelio’s …