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Doom on the high street?

10 Apr 2019

Towns have had none of the attention that has been lavished on cities in recent years, writes Janet Sillett. But any solution to help them thrive must see towns as more than a single shopping street. 


In case you missed it…

5 Apr 2019

As April gets into full swing we’re just going to take a moment to look back over the past month and round up some of what has been going on at LGiU. A lot of briefings of course; among our members the most widely read included, unsurprisingly, Brexit and the UK Economy but also Veg […]


Video roundtable: Rough sleeping – just the tip of the iceberg

5 Apr 2019

LGiU is working with CLGdotTV to produce a series of programmes discussing a range of local government issues. Our first programmes focused on homelessness. Vicky Sargent of CLGdotTV hosted a chat with Andrew Walker, managing the LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, Cllr Stephanie Cryan of LB Southwark and Dawn Eckersley of the East London Housing Partnership to […]


LGiU Fortnightly 29th March: What’s driving the housing crisis?

29 Mar 2019

We bring you a taster of our recent appearance on Connected Local Gov TV, in which LGiU researcher Andrew Walker, Southwark Cabinet Member for Housing Stephanie Cryan, and Dawn Eckersley from the East London Housing Partnership discuss the drivers behind the housing crisis. Followed by run-down of recent LGiU member-only housing policy briefings such as […]


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 […]