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How can councils support the LGBT+ community?

18 Sep 2019

Councils across the world support Pride and the LGBT+ community every year, but what about in Northern Ireland? LGiU’s Isla Whateley blogs about her experiences volunteering with Belfast Pride and how local government there supports Pride despite the region’s difficulties. 


Sun, sea, sand and local government

5 Jul 2019

This sun was blazing, the sand was golden and the sea was blue in beautiful Bournemouth for this year’s LGA conference. But there was a clear divide between busy, lanyarded, suited and booted conference delegates and happy holiday makers. There was a mood of urgency and a clear sense that local government is on the […]


LGiU Fortnightly 5th July – LGA Conference Special

5 Jul 2019

Recorded live from sunny Bournemouth, LGiU joined the great and the good of local government at the LGA’s annual conference this week. We discuss the messages coming from Secretary of State James Brokenshire and new LGA chair Cllr James Jamieson, as well as updates from LGiU’s fringe events. We caught up with many friendly faces […]


Local leadership shows the way on homelessness

1 Jul 2019

Piali Das Gupta was one of the Commissioners on the LGiU Homelessness Commission; following the publication last week of the final report and recommendations by the Commission she tells us about that experience.


Viewpoint: The future of seaside towns

27 Jun 2019

Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, explains his authority’s multifaceted approach to regeneration, which takes in much more than the coastline.



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 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.