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All in a day’s work…Councillor Dave Waters, Tewkesbury Borough Council

August 9, 2017 by LGiU

Over the rest of the summer we will be running a short series of posts from councillors around the country about different aspects of the role. We kick off the series with Councillor Dave Waters, Leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, who gives us taste of what a typical week might bring.

Viewpoint: Measuring local wellbeing – what data matters?

August 7, 2017 by LGiU

A new set of indicators aims to give local authorities a more sophisticated picture of the wellbeing - or otherwise - of their communities than has previously been possible using more traditional data sets. Patricia Curmi explains

Place of clear water

August 2, 2017 by Janet Sillett

Janet Sillett introduces our forthcoming series of briefings and blogs which will look at place and the importance of how we look after places and create places to creating a sense of belonging and community for the people who live there and who will live there.

Bradford Policy Café

July 21, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

At the end of June, we gathered together officers from member councils in West Yorkshire to attend our inaugural Policy Café, as Charlotte Maddix explains.

A seat at the table?

July 19, 2017 by Janet Sillett

Where is the voice of local government in the Brexit debate? Asks Janet Sillett. You’d have to look pretty hard to find it.

Local Government Finance Update – July 2017

July 7, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

Welcome to July’s edition of the Local Government Finance policy update! This month we look at the Queen’s Speech and the Secretary of State’s address at LGA Conference 2017 for clues as to the future of local government funding. We highlight the concerns raised in the NAO’s latest research on…

Local Democracy Update – July 2017

July 6, 2017 by Andrew Walker

Welcome to the July edition of the local democracy policy update, writes Andrew Walker. This month: devolution and local democracy post-election; an upcoming meeting on leadership; democracy from the ground up; and an advance call for open data.

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