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LGiU in 2018 – homelessness

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.

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Homelessness and Data

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…

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Brexit and Civil Contingency Planning

The story that has emerged over the last week or so that we may have to begin stockpiling food, medicines and other essentials in readiness for a no-deal Brexit is disturbing to say the least. It reveals something of the shock we can expect next April without adequate planning and without the complex infrastructure required…

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Homelessness Reduction Act – Making it stick

The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) has been in force since the beginning of April. At LGiU we are launching a commission, led by local government, which will look at how councils can make good on the promises of the Act, what they need from central government and what they need to do themselves.

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Viewpoint – What makes a walking city and why do we need them?

Following the publication of Building Connected Communities, our research with the Ramblers looking at how councils can build better connected, walkable places, Holly Smith of Living Streets discusses what makes a city walkable.   A legacy of designing our towns and cities around cars rather than people has left us less healthy, our roads more congested,…

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Building Connected Communities

The drive to build more houses is important. But it is vital that we focus on quality as well as numbers. We have to build good places for people to live, which are well connected and encourage residents to walk and spend time outside. Our new report, in partnership with the Ramblers, has found that…

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Local Democracy Update – July 2017

Welcome to the July edition of the local democracy policy update, writes Andrew Walker. This month: devolution and local democracy post-election; an upcoming meeting on leadership; democracy from the ground up; and an advance call for open data.

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Remembering Professor George Jones

We at LGiU were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Professor George Jones, Professor of local government at the LSE. George was a great friend to the LGiU over many years, and a great friend to all in local government. Never one to shy away from criticising governments of any hue he was…

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What next for democracy?

2016 was a fairly tumultuous year, which has created a lively public debate around the future of democracy. This will be one of LGiU’s core policy themes for the coming year.  Many people feel completely disengaged from politics and disempowered by the operation of governments national and local. Meanwhile the future of devolution, which appeared…

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Devolution is more important now than ever, but what are its prospects?

Ahead of Greg Clark’s speech to the Local Government APPG Summer Reception this evening, Andrew Walker looks at the post-Brexit prospects for devolution.   After the momentous decision taken in the EU referendum on the 23rd of June, there is a great deal for local government to digest and to prepare for, not least the…

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