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LE2018: The ones to watch

March 29, 2018 by Charlotte Maddix

Not long to go until the local elections – Charlotte Maddix looks at what’s at stake this election season. In five weeks’ time, over 150 councils across England go to the polls. Over 4,000 councillors are up for election (nearly twice as many as in last year’s county elections). Our full local…


LGiU Fortnightly 29th March: Local Election Special

March 29, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU Fortnightly is our new podcast, bringing you the latest news from the world of local government. We update you on the key events from the past fortnight, as well as news from us and our members, so you’re always in the loop. We’re always looking for more ways to bring…



Launch of LGiU’s Local Finance Taskforce

March 27, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

We are launching the Local Finance Taskforce today, a local authority-led project to raise the profile of council funding issues to a wider audience and force the Government to provide much-needed policy clarity – and we need your help! Local authorities are in a precarious financial situation. With a Government preoccupied with Brexit, elections…


Count down to local elections

March 23, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

Once again, LGiU will be covering the local elections bringing you up to the minute results on council control. For years, we’ve been working with our Count Correspondents to help us publicise both the election results and the importance and excitement of our local democracy. We’ve seen the good, the…


LGiU Fortnightly 16th March: Preparing for new homelessness duties

March 16, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU Fortnightly is our new podcast, bringing you the latest news from the world of local government. We update you on the key events from the past fortnight, as well as news from us and our members, so you’re always in the loop. We’re always looking for more ways to bring…


A seat at the table but where’s the table?

March 15, 2018 by Janet Sillett

Why is local government being virtually excluded from the brexit negotiations, wonders Janet Sillett, when it is the perfect opportunity press ahead with meaningful decentralisation of power.


75% or 100% or does it matter? The business rate retention conundrum

March 14, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

Around two thirds of England is not covered by a 100% Business Rate Retention pilot, writes Jennifer Glover meaning that councils in these areas still do not know the terms of their future funding. Although MHCLG has committed to rolling out 75% Business Rate Retention nationwide by 2020-21, this begs…


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