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Wellbeing for councillors: keeping safe and happy this autumn

6 Sep 2019

As a busy autumn approaches with party conferences and a potential General Election on the horizon, politicians are under more scrutiny in the public eye than usual. Both the media and the general public are paying more attention to what MPs and councillors are doing, and this can have an adverse effect on your safety […]


Oxford’s citizens’ assembly on climate change

16 Aug 2019

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, spoke to LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler recently for the LGiU Fortnightly episode on climate emergency in local government. To provide a little bit more information about the citizens’ assembly, Oxford City Council has provided a FAQ: When did Oxford declare a Climate Emergency? In January, Oxford City Council […]




Sun, sea, sand and local government

5 Jul 2019

This sun was blazing, the sand was golden and the sea was blue in beautiful Bournemouth for this year’s LGA conference. But there was a clear divide between busy, lanyarded, suited and booted conference delegates and happy holiday makers. There was a mood of urgency and a clear sense that local government is on the […]


Memo for the new PM…let local government deliver

25 Jun 2019

And then there were two…. After a dramatic week last week (followed by a tumultuous weekend) we now know which of two men will become Prime Minister at the end of July. This is about as close as things get to certainty in British politics right now, writes Jonathan Carr-West.


The basic laws of political physics

13 Jun 2019

One of the features of contemporary politics is the speed with which things move, writes Jonathan Carr West. And amidst all the drama and uncertainty it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. What is signal and what is noise?


LGiU Fortnightly 24th May: Andy Burnham Special

24 May 2019

This week’s podcast is an Andy Burnham special, featuring an exclusive interview with the Mayor of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, discussing the positive effects of devolution. Burnham gives his thoughts on a whole-place approach to reforming services, Whitehall’s top down approach and of course football. Plus we ask about homelessness in light of our […]


LGiU Fortnightly 10th May: Independents’ Day

10 May 2019

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 […]


Local elections live coverage

2 May 2019

Local elections 2019 as they happened LIVE – we covered the results from before the polls opened until the last result was declared. Want to know more about local government and how it’s run? Check out our facts and figures page . See our final press statement on the results here. Tweet us @LGiU to […]