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Local Government APPG meeting on Homelessness with Nigel Adams MP

July 16, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

On Monday 9th July, the Local Government APPG hosted a meeting in Parliament to discuss homelessness and were joined by Nigel Adams MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

LGiU Fortnightly 13th July: The view from Basildon and Kingston

July 13, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

This week we report on Basildon’s place-shaping work, Kingston’s women-led administration and our APPG meeting on homelessness with Nigel Adams MP. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings, including business rate reform (or lack thereof), the Letwin review on housebuilding and brown bears in Gloucestershire. Hosted by Ingrid…

FloodCitiSense – being alert to urban flooding

July 11, 2018 by LGiU

LGiU is a partner in FloodCitiSense, a project that aims to develop, with involvement from citizens and local authorities, an urban pluvial flood early warning service. Susana Ochoa-Rodriguez from RPS Group, another of the project's partners, explains the latest stage of the project.

Happy Birthday NHS (but please don’t forget social care)

July 5, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

Today marks the 70th Birthday of the NHS. As relative youngsters (the LGiU is about half your age) we congratulate you on the institutional longevity. As individuals, we are profoundly grateful for the free access to health care and to those clinicians who have helped us in our own times…

CAMRA and LGiU reception

July 5, 2018 by Hannah Muirhead

On a fine evening in Birmingham earlier this week, LGiU and CAMRA hosted a reception as a fringe event of the LGA conference. We can’t confirm whether the main draw was the football or the chance to chat about local government and digest the content from the conference with a…

Can data save the future of children?

July 2, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

In our most recent local government finance survey, children’s services eclipsed adult social care as councils’ biggest financial worry. The LGA estimates  that  there  will be  a £2bn funding gap by 2020. There are a record number of children in care, with an estimated 90 children being taken into care…

LGiU Fortnightly 29th June: Participatory democracy – lessons from elsewhere

June 29, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

This week we take inspiration from the World Cup and take an international view on participatory local democracy. Andrew Walker hears from John Hennessey of the Municipal Association of Victoria on the tensions between federal and local government in pushing back against political disengagement in Australia. In Scotland, Kim Fellows…

The black hole of politics

June 20, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

There is perhaps no local issue that unifies political parties so much as the pothole. (Particularly if you’re sitting in opposition). No one likes them. Everyone thinks they should be filled more quickly. And there’s no easier way for a local politician to grab a few column inches than by…