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LGiU Fortnightly 24th May: Andy Burnham Special

May 24, 2019 by Alice Buszard

This week’s podcast is an Andy Burnham special, featuring an exclusive interview with the Mayor of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, discussing the positive effects of devolution. Burnham gives his thoughts on a whole-place approach to reforming services, Whitehall’s top down approach and of course football. Plus we ask about…


Welcome new councillors

May 17, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

After the local elections on 2 May, a lot of new councillors have now taken office. If that’s you, then there’s a lot to take in. LGiU is here to help. Is your council a member? If your council is already a member of LGiU (you can check here), then…



LGiU Fortnightly 10th May: Independents’ Day

May 10, 2019 by Alice Buszard

On this week’s podcast, we reflect on what messages can be drawn from the surprising outcome of last week’s elections. Is it all about bins not Brexit, or are there more complex layers to these elections? We contemplate the increased Lib Dem and Independent vote, and speak to Cllr Steve…


Can crowdfunding be an alternative to PWLB?

May 8, 2019 by LGiU

The UK pioneered the creation of regulated crowdfunding and cumulatively more than £10bn of money has been invested and lent by individuals to businesses, projects and people since its inception in 2004. Karl Harder talks about the potential for local government


LGiU supports Cancer Research UK call for sustainable public health funding

May 7, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU are pleased to support Cancer Research UK’s campaign to fix the funding crisis facing public health, alongside many others in the sector. Our Local Finance Taskforce has been calling for a sustainable solution to council funding and this campaign highlights the impact the cuts and uncertainty are having in…


Local elections live coverage

May 2, 2019 by LGiU

Local elections 2019 as they happened LIVE – we covered the results from before the polls opened until the last result was declared. Want to know more about local government and how it’s run? Check out our facts and figures page . See our final press statement on the results…


Who runs the Councils in No Overall Control?

May 2, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Before the  local elections on 2 May over 30 councils are in “No Overall Control”.  After the results were in there was much more grey on the map. LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler looks at what that means in practice.  Council control maps show red for Labour run councils, yellow for Liberal…


What do district councils do?

May 2, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

Today 168 district councils hold elections for councillors, about a quarter of them are electing by thirds, so most of them are ‘all out’.  What do district councils do and why are these elections so important?  Matthew Hamilton, Director of the District Councils Network tells us more. District councils England’s district councils are…