Councils are in policy limbo. With Whitehall and Westminster fully absorbed by the unfolding drama of Brexit, and local government policy narrowed to dealing with the consequences of the Grenfell tragedy, little bandwidth remains for addressing more strategic issues. The LGiU is launching a series of essays, in which we will explore the main challenges facing local authorities and identify some solutions for moving forward.
Councillor Warren Whyte is Cabinet Member for Children's Services at Buckinghamshire County Council. In this post he talks about getting to grips with a new portfolio.
Councillor Abi Brown is deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent Council and leader of the Conservative Group. Here she talks about the challenges of juggling her council role with the demands of family life.
At LGiU we’re keen to have more – and better – conversations with our members. As part of this, we’re holding a series of short, lunchtime events (Policy Cafés) around the country. Our latest event took place in Brighton, Charlotte Maddix summarises the debate.
There is always a beginning of term feeling to September, but this year it feels more acute than usual, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
Stimulating local economic growth is no small task as those with this remit in local authorities well know, writes Jennifer Glover.
Finding a way to engage local communities in a debate that allows for both nuance and transparency is key to getting people to engage with complex local issues and decisions, writes David Janner-Klausner.
2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave votes to some women for the first time. But nearly 100 years on, we are still struggling to get to a position of equality when it comes to women’s political representation, writes Lauren Lucas.
Welcome to the July edition of the local democracy policy update, writes Andrew Walker. This month: devolution and local democracy post-election; an upcoming meeting on leadership; democracy from the ground up; and an advance call for open data.
It’s hard to remember the time when local government last went into a general election with so little clarity about its future, writes Lauren Lucas. And the results have hardly illuminated the situation. With the failure of any party to win an absolute majority at such a crucial time in the Brexit negotiations, it would not be extravagant to say the future of the country hangs in the balance.