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Tory housing policy – update

The Conservative Party has published the new housing policy paper “Empty Homes: Tackling Britain’s Social Housing Crisis”. 

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CAA and inspection

The Audit Commission, bringing together various public services inspectorates, today published the new Comprehensive Area Assesment framework.  A briefing from LGiU will be sent out to our member councils soon, but for those who can’t wait to find out more (yes, there are some people who will be interested, trust me) you can see the…

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LGA and re-balancing our democracy

Good meeting with John Ransford, new Chief Executive of the LGA, today.  It was a smart move by Margaret Eaton and her colleagues to ask John to lead the Association in this critical time leading up to and immediately post the next General Election.   John is frank about the difficulties of recent months, but our conversation was…

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Social networking

We have been looking at the potential of social networking at the LGiU.  We recently launched our social networking action learning set to support councils, particularly engaging with young people.  You can find out more by joining the Facebook group and going to our website. I am really liking Twitter.  It’s got lots of potential for connecting with people to…

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Science and opinion

Doing a course a few weeks ago, some councillors expressed scepticism about climate change and how much we should care about it.  I don’t think it was so much that they really disagreed with the science, they just resent what they see as an enforced consensus.  I can understand that.  People like to arrive at their…

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Abolish council tax?

At our seminar this week on the future of council tax, we heard a proposal for a new ‘Takeaway Tax’. Every time you have a kebab, the taxman skewers you. The idea wasn’t from within the LGiU and we don’t think it is a runner, but we are nothing if not democratic here, so tell…

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