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Keeping our communities safe

June 22, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU, comments: It’s been a very difficult few weeks for local government as for the country as a whole. We have had three fatal terrorist attacks and the horrific loss of life in the Grenfell Tower fire. Of course our first thoughts must always be…



Time to flex some local muscle?

June 12, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

The political landscape is changing almost hourly and that perhaps offers the potential to change the local-central relationship writes Jonathan Carr-West.


Local government needs clarity

June 9, 2017 by Lauren Lucas

It’s hard to remember the time when local government last went into a general election with so little clarity about its future, writes Lauren Lucas. And the results have hardly illuminated the situation. With the failure of any party to win an absolute majority at such a crucial time in…


Local Government Finance Update – June 2017

June 8, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

Welcome to the June edition of the Local Government Finance policy update! This month we look at examples of entrepreneurial councils and how cyber security, digital infrastructure and the investment landscape might impact council’s innovation ambitions. We give you an update on the state of local government finance and business…


GE17 lite #4

June 7, 2017 by LGiU

We have arrived at the last full day of campaigning and, hopefully, peak vitriol. This final edition of our short election series looks back at a campaign period that has thrown up surprises and unexpected moments for all the parties.


Children’s social care: the political party manifestos and the election debate

June 7, 2017 by John Fowler

Children’s social care – what local authorities do to protect children from harm, including taking children into care, and the fostering and adoption of children to new families – is one of those issues which has not featured in the 2017 election debates, writes John Fowler. Perhaps it was ever…


Councils and cyber security

June 2, 2017 by Lauren Lucas

A recent ransomware attack had major consequences for the NHS. Local authorities must take it as a wake-up call, writes Lauren Lucas.


GE17 lite #3

May 31, 2017 by LGiU

You can count the days to go on your two hands and once again here is our roundup of some mildly interesting election shenanigans. Plus all the usual links to more indepth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material.


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