On 2 May, voters will go to the polls to choose over 8,300 councillors in 248 English local authorities. On the same day voters will also elect councillors to the eleven local authorities in Northern Ireland. While it is inevitable that for many these elections will be view through the prism of the current crisis […]
A guide to easy steps to take to make elections more transparent and fun.
Opportunities abound for many smaller cities but those on the rise also face a myriad of challenges. Hannah Muirhead found much food for thought at a recent Academy of Urbanism conference in Cork.
This is our guide to where the action is in the local elections. Which councils are too close to call? Whereabouts in the country does political control hang in the balance? Which are the authorities where gaining or losing a seat could make or break a party's fortunes?
Engaging citizens in local elections is important to increase participation and to raise awareness. Communicating about elections before, during and after polling day is one way to drive greater engagement. This guide is based on LGiU experience of covering elections and working with local authorities. It covers digital communications and using open data to create […]
In this long read Janet Sillett looks at what makes a place a place, what makes some places work and others not, how councils chart the story of their places and respond to the changes that inevitably happen. Read the full long read on Shorthand Social
In January 2017, the LGiU committed to exploring three core policy questions over the course of the year: Finance: How should local government be funded? Democracy: How can we strengthen local democracy? Services: How do we design public services that are fit for the future? This series of essays draws on the last year of […]
At this key moment in the trajectory of the UK it is crucial to ask what the future has in store for local democracy. This is precisely what we do in Beyond Devolution, the final report of the Local Democracy Network, which LGiU convened throughout 2017 and comprised council leaders, chief executives, academics and experts from across the public sector.
In the second of three essays LGiU is publishing on the future of local government, Jennifer Glover discusses the unprecedented financial uncertainty facing councils through the testimonials of senior local government decision-makers.
Engaging people in the decisions that affect their lives is an essential feature of local democracy. This goes far beyond town hall meetings and opinion surveys: we must recognise that communities often hold the answers to their own problems and allow them an equal voice at the table. For the purposes of this report, we call this concept ‘Community Collaboration’.