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Policy Developments and Responses to Homelessness in Ireland

21 Mar 2019

Like the UK, Ireland has a homelessness crisis. The approach of the Irish government to dealing with the crisis has been markedly different to the UK government. Bob Jordan from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive explains what the response has been.


Finding Sustainable Accommodation

19 Feb 2019

Last week we held the third meeting of the Local Government Homelessness Commission at the LGiU office. The focus for this discussion was how councils can find sustainable and secure accommodation for people at risk of homelessness. We heard about the housing first pilot in Liverpool City Region, as well as a new project to […]


LGiU & London Higher roundtable: Collaborating with universities on regeneration

5 Feb 2019

The higher education sector and local government share many common challenges – reduced financial support from central government, acute housing pressures and facilitating effective community outreach, to name a few. Better collaboration between the sectors has the potential to help improve outcomes in education, health and housing, but too often relationships are purely transactional rather […]


Tackling childhood obesity through planning – lessons from South Tyneside Council

21 Dec 2018

Childhood obesity is a national problem and one which isn’t going away. Data published from the national child measurement programme (NCMP), in October showed the rate of severe obesity among year 6 children had increased by more than a third since 2006/7. In the borough of South Tyneside, levels are higher than the national average, with […]


LGiU in 2018 – homelessness

17 Dec 2018

This week we are having a quick look back at some of the work we have done over the past year. Andrew Walker kicks us off with homelessness.


LGiU Fortnightly 30th November: Brexit and Local Government

30 Nov 2018

LGiU has been covering the Brexit negotiations from a local government perspective for the last two years – as the finish line approaches, what have we learnt and what should councils be doing to prepare for the impending change? And following the second meeting of LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, we discuss how homelessness is impacting upon […]



Regeneration and engagement: a call for case studies

15 Nov 2018

The UK faces a housing crisis and one of the ways that some councils are increasing the number of homes is through estate regeneration. This can have the benefit of improving housing standards for existing tenants while increasing housing density in a human and community friendly way. However, estate regeneration takes time and it involves […]


Homelessness and Data

16 Oct 2018

As part of the Local Government Homelessness Commission, LGiU held an evidence session on data and homelessness prevention last week. This was the first in a series of four sessions investigating how councils can deliver on the goals of the Homelessness Reduction Act. It was chaired by Cllr Peter Fleming, leader of Sevenoaks District Council and […]


LGiU Fortnightly 27th July: Fixing council funding

27 Jul 2018

What next for local government finance? This week we discuss our newest publication, the Local Finance Scorecard, in which we explore the options for sustainable funding post-2020. Plus the highlights from our subscriber-only Daily News service and policy briefings, including developers being given power to overwrite local plans, the delayed social housing green paper, proposals […]