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 Bridger, who was elected on […]
On again, off again - what does the delay (possibly) until Halloween mean for the Brexit fright fest, asks Janet Sillett.
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 UK Economy but also Veg […]
It’s a bad time to talk about Brexit, but it is also a terrible time not to talk about Brexit, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
The government is being devoured by the Brexit monster. Meanwhile the other priorities - social care, housing, local government funding to name but a few - that a functioning executive should be addressing urgently are untouched and becoming more critical by the day, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
It may have been all but sidelined by central government during the past few years, but, says Janet Sillett, local government will be the one still delivering services and striving to do the best for communities after 29th March.
What does 2019 hold for local government? Is this the year councils finally get the clarity they desperately need on social care and funding? Although Whitehall is distracted by Brexit, there are some glimmers of hope that other policies are still on the agenda – including the NHS 10 year plan and the Waste Strategy. […]
2019 was supposed to be the year that we start to get some visibility on the way forward on some of our most intractable challenges but is that likely in a year that already looks to be consumed by Brexit, asks Jonathan Carr-West.
Brexit has raised a whole series of wicked issues – and been a proxy for some others. When Brexit is settled – if Brexit will ever be settled – these issues will still be with us, writes Janet Sillett, whatever trade deal is negotiated or no deal or even no Brexit. Issues like identity, devolution, regionalism, trust. Is our current system of government really fit for purpose?
LGiU has been covering the Brexit negotiations from a local government perspective for the last two years – as the finish line approaches, what have we learnt and what should councils be doing to prepare for the impending change? And following the second meeting of LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, we discuss how homelessness is impacting upon […]