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LGiU Events: Planning seminar

November 14, 2011 by Rob Dale

The government’s planning reforms represent a significant challenge for councils. This seminar will outline what neighbourhood planning and the NPPF will mean for members and officers, the potential risks and opportunities for local government in these changes and existing best practice from around the country. Speakers include experts from local government, key…

Localism and Austerity – One year on

October 28, 2011 by Andy Sawford

In these challenging times I had not expected ‘optimism’ to emerge as the main theme of our Localism and Austerity Summit yesterday. A year ago we brought people together to discuss the emerging new environment for local government and local public services.  The mood then was one of apprehension amid…

Ideas from our General Power of Competence seminar

October 18, 2011 by Lauren Lucas

The other day a group of 20 local government officers and councillors gathered at the LGiU offices to discuss the implications of the General Power of Competence.  In its current form, the new powers in Part 1 Chapter 1 of the Localism Bill will give local authorities the same power…

Getting to grips with the Localism Bill

September 8, 2011 by Jane Sankarayya

The LGiU is running a series of seminars over the autumn and winter on different aspects of the Localism Bill. The seminars will examine in detail the impact on councils of some of the provisions within the Bill: –       General Power of Competence (6 Oct); –       Referenda (19…

Implementing social housing reform: directions to the Social Housing Regulator

July 20, 2011 by LGiU

Under section 197 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is empowered to direct the social housing regulator both to set standards for registered providers of social housing (social landlords ) and to indicate the content of those standards. Once formally…

Looking at a more proactive approach to digital communications

July 13, 2011 by Rob Dale

The Localism Bill is pushing us towards new, more personalised ways of service delivery. At the same time, the Spending Review requires councils to deliver savings of 28% by 2015. Digital technology is a key instrument in both these policies – it can drive better services and lower costs. But…

Stunell @LGiU in Stockport

June 22, 2011 by Rob Dale

We had a fascinating day in Stockport today discussing the Localism Bill with council and community workers from across the NW. We were pleased to have Andrew Stunell giving the key note address. He began by laying down a promise and a challenge: a promise that the coalition really mean…

Stockport so far

June 22, 2011 by Rob Dale

The LGiU are running a conference today in collaboration with Stockport MBC. Jonathan Carr-West has been tweeting out the key bits of Andrew Stunnell MP and Cllr Dave Goddard, Leader, Stockport MBC speeches. You can follow Jonathan here. Key points so far Andrew Stunell: there has been very little space…

The coalition’s climbdown on shadow mayors

June 22, 2011 by Jonathan Carr-West

The lack of serious media attention the Localism Bill has garnered is regrettable because, as the legislative embodiment of the government’s Big Society agenda, it is actually central to one of the key political debates of the moment and contains some fairly striking provisions which could make a huge difference…

We’re off to Stockport

June 22, 2011 by Laurie Thraves

Today, the LGiU are heading en masse to Stockport for our ‘What does the Localism Bill mean for councils?’ conference.

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