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Localism in a hung parliament

A hung parliament next May is looking like a very likely prospect. But while coalition negotiations leave everything hanging in the balance, the practice of governing where it really counts will carry on. 135 days after their last national election a new coalition government has been formed in Belgium. This pales in comparison, of course,…

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More than just houses, we need to build places that people want to live in

It was encouraging to see housing taking such a prominent place in political debate recently, when Ed Miliband announced Labour’s plans to build new towns and garden cities to help meet our housing need. After years of being overlooked, the housing crisis is becoming more of a priority. But solving the crisis requires more than…

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Viewpoint – Local finance is about money working for us

Tom Jeffery, an independent researcher, writes for LGiU’s Viewpoint blog about the potential of local finance initiatives.  Last Friday, Ed Milliband announced a “reckoning with Britain’s broken financial system”. An extraordinary political reversal has taken place, with a Conservative chancellor announcing last Thursday an above-inflation rise in the statutory minimum wage rate, and, as thinktanker…

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Leader of the Year Award

Strong leadership is essential for any successful organisation.  A good leader will have a clear vision of where their organisation is going, and how to do it. They make sure that goals and priorities are clear to all, always giving the right support for them to be met. The Leader of the Year Award, at the 2014…

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C’llr Awards Deadline Extended!

There’s still time to nominate outstanding councillors for the 2014 LGiU and CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards! Due to popular demand we have extended the deadline until 5pm on Friday 17th January. Councillors play a vital role in making communities thrive, but they are not always fully appreciated. If you know a councillor who always goes…

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Sustainability Champion of the Year

Sometimes local action can help to make global changes. Climate change is a huge global issue, but one which local champions of sustainability can really help to address. In this years’ LGiU and CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards we want to celebrate the work of councillors who promote the cause of sustainability, with the Sustainability Champion…

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The NPPF does not give councils enough flexibility

We need to build new homes. However, the housing requirements in the government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) mean local authorities are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Rather than empowering councils to make decisions about development based on local conditions and incorporating the needs of local people, the NPPF is a centrally…

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Community Champion of the Year

Councillors have a vital, yet often unacknowledged, role as champions of their community.  As elected representatives they are the mechanism through which citizens engage and interact with local government. The Community Champion of the Year Award will recognise the members who best fill this role and who tirelessly go out of their way to engage…

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Strong Foundations: Building better dialogue between landlords and tenants

A new report from LGiU and Mears, out today, focusses on the impact of welfare reform and other long-term trends on the relationship between tenants and landlords in social housing. Read the report here. Residents of social and council housing are far more likely to be affected by welfare changes than the wider population. As…

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