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Looking ahead

December 19, 2017 by LGiU

What can local government expect from 2018? Asks Jonathan Carr-West. The short answer is more uncertainty. In all key areas of government policy that effect local government, 2017 has been a year of drift and there’s little reason to think this will change.


Dispatch: Six Months as Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority

December 18, 2017 by LGiU

Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, tells us about his first six months in the post, the challenges and the lessons learned.  Six months is a relatively short time in terms of institutions like the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Mayoralty of Greater Manchester.…



Beyond business rates?

December 11, 2017 by LGiU

With a national roll out of 100 per cent business rates retention unlikely in the next few years, David Phillips from the Institute for Fiscal Studies asks if it is worth looking to the longer term and more radical tax devolution. This article appears in the December edition of C'llr…


“Keep up the good work!”: LGiU’s Annual User Survey 2017

December 8, 2017 by Charlotte Maddix

Every year at LGiU, we ask subscribers at our member councils (now over 20,000 people) what they think of us and what we do. This year more people than ever responded – over 1,200 people took the time to give us their feedback. We asked the usual questions about whether…



Manchester vs the Cayman Isles?

November 28, 2017 by Janet Sillett

An unusual week in politics last week, writes Janet Sillett, where brexit wasn’t the only story in town – with the budget equalling it in headlines.


Viewpoint: We need to use new ways to build houses

November 27, 2017 by LGiU

Bill Randall, former Leader and Chair of Housing Brighton and Hove City Council explains how more than 10,000 affordable homes are now on course to be delivered by 2021, thanks to a revolutionary manufacturing method.



What to expect from the budget on Wednesday?

November 17, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

What to expect from the budget on Wednesday? LGiU will be providing our usual on the day briefings and comment to give our members an instant take on the announcements relevant to local government. There have been some hints already leaked to the press and the usual swirl of rumours.…


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