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Homelessness Reduction Act – Making it stick

May 23, 2018 by Andrew Walker

The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) has been in force since the beginning of April. At LGiU we are launching a commission, led by local government, which will look at how councils can make good on the promises of the Act, what they need from central government and what they need…

You can’t spell love without local government

May 18, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

This weekend the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place in Windsor.  LGiU wishes the couple every happiness in their new life together.  But what makes a successful royal wedding? Months of planning, love – I’m sure – and, a little bit of local government magic. While the focus…

LGiU Fortnightly 11th May: All change! Post-elections and new SoS

May 11, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

All change! With the elections over, an influx of new councillors will be getting to grips with their new role…as will our new Secretary of State James Brokenshire (we promise not to make that joke). What does it all mean for local government? Andrew Walker and Jonathan Carr-West discuss. Plus our…

Winners and losers in the local elections

May 10, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

Another year – and another set of local elections. Are the key messages a reflection of the performance of the parliamentary parties or a genuine reflection of local politics? What have we learned from this year’s set of elections? ..and the winner is…. This isn’t another story about how the…

Viewpoint: How data leadership can improve public services

May 10, 2018 by LGiU

Data has moved from a scarce resource to an abundant and ubiquitous asset. It’s easier than ever to collect and benefit from data. Edafe Onerhime from 360Giving explains how data leadership can help local government meet the needs of the people and communities they serve.

Local elections 2018: the live blog

May 2, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

Welcome to our #LE2018 live blog with a recap of how the events unfolded! We also have our live change of control map, results briefing for members, press statements and additional local elections resources.

Dear Secretary of State

April 30, 2018 by Jonathan Carr-West

So farewell Sajid and welcome James Brokenshire as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. With local elections on Thursday, it’s an action packed week to be landing in the sector. Depending on how things pan out on Thursday that could be more or less challenging.  But in…

LGiU Fortnightly 27th April: Councils vs nature, and other tales

April 27, 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…

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