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Local democracy without parties: The Rwandan experience

LGiU is in Rwanda this week, with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) to get to know our partners the Rwandan Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) and to hear about their plans for a local government institute. We’re hoping it’s the first of many international collaborations, which will allow us to work closely with…

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Resilience in Practice

Resilience has become a widely used concept in policy circles, particularly in terms of flood response, climate change adaptation and community cohesion. But there are many interpretations and the term is used in different ways, by different organisations, in different contexts. Our new policy report, Resilience in practice, looks at some of the different interpretations and…

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Technology and Democracy

Technology can enable us to build resilient places for communities to thrive, but only if it underpins democracy.   Too often “technology” is treated as a spectacle, as a thing that will either solve all our problems, or create more, which may be insurmountable. But it only really means something in a social context. This…

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Municipal Postcard: Resilient by design

For Andrew Walker resilience should be about looking at the whole context of a place and then thinking about urban design, infrastructure, economic growth and community engagement in radically different ways. He found examples aplenty in New York.

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Councils and Housing Supply: A new LGiU report

Councils could be the key to unlocking the house building potential in local areas. They have the potential to facilitate partnerships and create the conditions for new development to thrive. We are not there yet, however. LGiU’s research for Under Construction, released recently in partnership with Mears, shows that local government is not yet in a…

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What do councils bring to the house building table?

Although they have been out of the game for a generation councils are rising to the challenge and starting to build houses again. The policy barriers that prevent them from acting as freely as they would like are legion, but there are some really encouraging signs of creative dynamism across the country. Their role is likely to…

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Building: A role for local government?

As LGiU is embarking on a new project, in partnership with Mears, to help local authorities build more houses, our attention was drawn to this BBC piece from last week, which asks why it has been so hard to build.

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Going for growth: The CCLA Local Growth Achievement Award

In straitened economic times local government can provide a vital boost to economic prosperity for hard hit communities. The CCLA Local Growth Achievement Awards recognises councillors' efforts in this field.

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Beyond Metrocentralisation

This week the RSA published “Unleashing Metro Growth: Final Recommendations of the City Growth Commission”. The report calls for the “reconfiguration of our political economy, with city regions at its heart”. It argues that we need a shift in decision-making powers from the centre to the metropolitan areas, with greater financial independence, and more influence…

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