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Referendums needed on police reforms

This article was first published by the LGC I’m agnostic about which system of governance councils and communities adopt.   It’s a local choice whether you want the Committee system, the Cabinet system or an Elected Mayor.    There are already legal provisions that allow councils to change their governance model, such as those that were used…

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Andy Sawford blogs on Queen’s Speech

This blog was first published by Public Finance. Ronald Regan famously said “Don’t just do something, stand there”.  He believed that government should get out of people’s lives and that the American people would be better served by an in-active government.  As a localist I’ve spent years complaining about hyper-active central government in the UK, imposing too…

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The Local Government ‘Alternative Queen’s Speech’

With the local elections over, and with one of the longest sessions of Parliament in recent history now at an end, thoughts in Whitehall are turning to future legislation.  Time was that local government promoted legislation in Parliament. In the late 19th Century in particular major bills, such as on Public Health, were initiated by…

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These elections will be told through local voices

Council elections are too often reported through the prism of national party politics with contests  being cast as tests for party leaders.   Undoubtedly the elections that take place on Thursday in 181 authorities – as well as the three mayoral battles in London, Liverpool and Salford – are influenced by the Westminster fortunes of parties…

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2012 local elections

This page has moved. To view LGiU’s local elections 2012 ’50 councils to watch’ and interactive map please click here.

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LGiU/MJ Local Finance Bill survey: analysis and infographics

  The LGiU and MJ council finances survey gives mixed reviews of how localist the government’s policies are and what the practical impact will be.  A clear majority believe the government’s finance bill is decentralising, but around half are concerned that they will lose out in changes to business rates.   There is a concern amongst most finance officers…

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Super Thursday and elected mayors

Patrick Wintour reports on the Greg Clark’s plans to hold mayoral and police commissioner elections on the same day – Thursday 15 November, now being called ‘Super Thursday’. The government’s tactics in bringing forward elections to November seem designed to generate some momentum and interest around the country, as well as forcing the hand of those Councillors…

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How we’re changing our member briefings, and why

This blog post is aimed at councillors and officers in LGiU member councils who receive our briefings service.     Each year we do a members survey and you consistently say our briefings are excellent, value for money, and help you do your job. In our 2011 survey we asked for your thoughts on improving…

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New approaches in an age of massive demographic change

Towards the end of last year, I spent some time travelling around the country meeting council leaders and chief executives to find out about new approaches in an age of massive demographic change. In the next few months, working jointly with Age UK, I will be publishing a review of these conversations. We will be…

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