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LGiU Fortnightly 15th March: Local elections ‘as fun as Fortnite’?

15 Mar 2019

Three quarters of English councils have elections in May – so what better time to give the tyres of our local democracy a kick? From the basics of publishing candidate names and polling station locations, to stamping out fake news in political discourse, we explore the ways councils can bring their citizens into local decision-making. […]


Getting excited about better elections

15 Mar 2019

It’s that time of year again! Our friends at Democracy Club are getting excited about local elections taking place for thousands of councillor positions across England and Northern Ireland this May. In this guest post, Joe Mitchell tells us what they’re getting so excited about.  At Democracy Club we’re thinking about how to bring democracy […]


In Conversation: Local Governance Review in Scotland

1 Mar 2019

Since the establishment of the Scottish parliament nearly 20 years ago, much of the focus of governance review has been at the national level. But a review of local governance has been underway for almost a year and the initial phase is now coming to an end. LGiU Scotland’s Kim Fellows has been speaking with […]


Global lessons in local government

28 Feb 2019

Increasingly at LGiU we have been looking at what is happening in local government internationally. Of course one size never fits all but Janet Sillett finds common challenges, common themes and innovation that can be adapted when we cast our eyes beyond the horizon.


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, […]