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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 […]



LGiU Fortnightly 13th July: The view from Basildon and Kingston

13 Jul 2018

This week we report on Basildon’s place-shaping work, Kingston’s women-led administration and our APPG meeting on homelessness with Nigel Adams MP. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings, including business rate reform (or lack thereof), the Letwin review on housebuilding and brown bears in Gloucestershire. Hosted by Ingrid Koehler and Jonathan Carr-West. Listen […]


LGiU Fortnightly 15th June: Lessons from Grenfell & Northamptonshire’s future

15 Jun 2018

After a turbulent 12 months for local government, we ask what lessons we should learn from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Jonathan hears from Northamptonshire’s citizens on the future of their local democracy after the collapse of their county council. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings, including adult social care funding […]