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But you only work one day a year…

April 23, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Peter Stanyon is the Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators and a former electoral administrator. He highlights the additional frustrations of running two elections at once, one of which was not supposed to happen. Elections … don’t you just love them!  Well, that’s probably not a sentiment being…


Through the local elections maze

April 18, 2019 by Alice Buszard

LGiU's Alice Buszard has been gathering information about all the local elections taking place in England this year - and as she recounts here, it is not a simple task.


Groundhog Day delay

April 17, 2019 by Janet Sillett

On again, off again - what does the delay (possibly) until Halloween mean for the Brexit fright fest, asks Janet Sillett.


Viewpoint: Our year with the robot

April 15, 2019 by LGiU

Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE from LGiU member Waltham Forest Council reviews the difference that a specially designed chatbot has made to how the council responds to residents neighbourhood concerns.


LGiU Fortnightly 12th April: What next for the British high street?

April 12, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

In light of the crisis facing the UK retail sector, councils have an integral role to play in shaping the future of these once-vibrant public spaces – and indeed their future financial security relies on business rates income to which retailers have typically been major contributors. This week we bring you…


Doom on the high street?

April 10, 2019 by Janet Sillett

Towns have had none of the attention that has been lavished on cities in recent years, writes Janet Sillett. But any solution to help them thrive must see towns as more than a single shopping street. 


Latest from LGiU’s Local Finance Taskforce – April 2019

April 9, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

While the Government and Parliament are deadlocked by Brexit, the crisis in local government deepens by the day. Answers about the future shape of the funding system have yet to materialise, nearly 4 years after Osborne first announced the move to full Business Rate Retention. Meanwhile, councils count down to the…


The closest elections in history?

April 5, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

The Prime Minister’s rather equivocal statement about European elections might leave voters confused about whether or not the UK will go to the polls to elect MEPs on 23 May. But what this means for electoral officers and local authorities across the country is that they must prepare for the…


In case you missed it…

April 5, 2019 by Jane Sankarayya

As April gets into full swing we’re just going to take a moment to look back over the past month and round up some of what has been going on at LGiU. A lot of briefings of course; among our members the most widely read included, unsurprisingly, Brexit and the…


Video roundtable: Rough sleeping – just the tip of the iceberg

April 5, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

LGiU is working with CLGdotTV to produce a series of programmes discussing a range of local government issues. Our first programmes focused on homelessness. Vicky Sargent of CLGdotTV hosted a chat with Andrew Walker, managing the LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, Cllr Stephanie Cryan of LB Southwark and Dawn Eckersley of the…