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Charting our own course

17 Jan 2019

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.



The (local) state we’re in

20 Nov 2018

Does it matter if local government fails? Well obviously at LGiU we think it does, writes Jonathan Carr-West. But, why?


LGiU Fortnightly 2nd November: Singin’ the Budget blues?

2 Nov 2018

Pleasantly surprising or deeply disappointing? Cause for optimism or despair? Welcome extra cash or hush money? Listen to Jennifer and Jonathan lay out their very different views on the Chancellor’s Budget announcements this week – from potholes to social care, high street regeneration to business rate reliefs. We also bring you highlights from our member-only […]


Viewpoint: A child friendly election in Norway

5 Sep 2018

Norway’s September 2017 election also saw Save the Children Norway design a children’s election. The aim was to reach 5,000 children aged between nine and 15 years. Yet in the end, over 60,000 youngsters participated in the election, writes Julia Zvobgo. 


Groundhog day for civil society

9 Aug 2018

With limited fanfare, DCMS today launched the government’s latest civil society strategy proudly described as the first new such strategy in 15 years. Key features include a £165 million fund to support community organisations, a new Innovation in Democracy programme to pilot participatory democracy techniques such as citizens’ juries, more emphasis on public sector mutuals, […]


Brexit and Civil Contingency Planning

3 Aug 2018

The story that has emerged over the last week or so that we may have to begin stockpiling food, medicines and other essentials in readiness for a no-deal Brexit is disturbing to say the least. It reveals something of the shock we can expect next April without adequate planning and without the complex infrastructure required […]


Northamptonshire on the brink

2 Aug 2018

Things lurch from bad to worse in Northamptonshire. Following the issue of a second section 114 notice and a scathing letter to councillors from the Finance Director condemning years of financial mismanagement that have left the council on the brink of collapse and needing to find another £60 – 70 million saving this year. The […]



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

13 Jul 2018

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 Koehler and Jonathan Carr-West. Listen […]