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August 10, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s August and the traditional time of things slowing down a little bit in local government.  Many councillors and officers take a bit of time off from the increasingly grim reality of local government finance. Whether travelling abroad, visiting the wonderful treasures in these Isles or enjoying a staycation close…


You can’t spell love without local government

May 18, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

This weekend the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place in Windsor.  LGiU wishes the couple every happiness in their new life together.  But what makes a successful royal wedding? Months of planning, love – I’m sure – and, a little bit of local government magic. While the focus…


What is the future of local government services?

January 20, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

Local government is facing unprecedented challenges. Our civic discourse seems to be in tumult, finances are dire, but people still rely on local public services for so much and this year our policy themes address each of these challenges. Councils have some tough choices ahead. New duties on homelessness and…


Local elections: digital scorecard

May 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

It seems to me like we’ve been promised each year for a while that this election will be the social media election. I think it may have finally arrived. And if we didn’t notice it, it’s because social media is now so commonplace that we hardly notice. Even the Electoral…


Mayors who crossed the line: a Tennessee tribute

March 16, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

This article originally appeared in the February issue of C’llr magazine that included a special feature on mayors.  My childhood, and perhaps my formative political memories were formed by three politicians from my home state of Tennessee. While the scandal and stink of bad mayors and machine politics in Chicago or…


Competition time: Town Hall-iday Snaps

July 25, 2014 by LGiU

Fellow local govvies if you’re anything like us, no holiday is complete without the obligatory visit to some local government offices or a splendid town hall. Maybe like us, too you get a bit of derision from your family and friends for your obsession with snapping photos of foreign municipalia.…


How I learned to stop worrying and love service design

May 20, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

I’ve just spent the past two days at the Service Design in Government Conference. An excellent couple of days.  Jonathan and I ran a workshop on service design and commissioning process. I want to start out by saying that I truly believe that service design is an important way forward…


Local elections 2014: The 5 key questions

May 1, 2014 by Jonathan Carr-West

With local elections almost upon us it’s hard not to be drawn into speculation about the results. Rather than offering predictive hostages to fortune, however, we think it’s more helpful to try and draw out some of the key questions into which these elections might give us insight   1)…



Viewpoint: How local authorities can help combat loneliness

April 29, 2014 by LGiU

Cllr Shelagh Marshall is the Older People’s champion for North Yorks County Council. She chairs The Age Action Alliance,  Isolation and Loneliness Working Group. We hear from Shelagh about the important role local authorities can play in combating loneliness. Has your council got loneliness as a priority in its Health and…