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Local elections 2011 – 50 councils to watch today

To see coverage of the 2012 local elections, please click here or sign-up to receive our dedicated email alerts. I’ve profiled 50 councils that could change control or where the results are likely to be seen as having particular political significance. When I did this last year I got some flak, with people disputing my forecasts. …

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Local elections 2011 – where it’s being talked about

Here’s a trendsmap of where the #le2011 hashtag is trending on Twitter – click on the image to see the latest version. You can follow all our other nuggets of local election information by following @LGiU

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Local elections 2011 – approx. voting / counting / result timings

THURSDAY 5 MAY (all timings BST) • 7am: Polls open for elections to the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly, English and Northern Irish councils, for the alternative vote referendum and the Leicester South by-election. • 10pm: Polls close. Counting begins in some Scottish and Welsh seats and in some English councils • 11.30pm:…

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Tomorrow’s local and mayoral elections

Overall, 31 million electors are able to vote in local elections tomorrow, 5th May 2011.  There are a total of 279 local authorities running elections in England.  A full list of all authorities with elections can be found in the here.  There are no council elections in Wales or in London.   Five local authorities will…

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Understanding people’s concerns about housing development

Last week I spoke at an event marking the launch of Shelter’s new Housing Insights for Communities online resource. The aim is to “support local authority officers and house builders in achieving positive community engagement in housing development”. In her introduction, Kay Boycott from Shelter, said: “We are in the midst of a massive housing…

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FutureGov launches new project “to bring about radical change”

  Patrick Butler’s lead in Society last week ended saying, “creating smarter, more efficient and socially just public services that deliver demonstrably higher impact and greater social value is the necessary task of the public and voluntary sector over the next three years.” FutureGov’s latest project ‘Simpl’ aims to assist with just this task

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Local government finance review

Eric Pickles has just published a statement on the Local Government Finance Review.  Full text below.   Five quick thoughts on reading it.   There is much to be welcomed in this wide ranging announcement and the ‘free councils’ advocates of local resoure autonomy (or “self-sufficiency”) will be particularly encouraged.  I can see the hand of the ‘free councils’ …

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A local democracy app?

The App Blog profiles the 20 new apps ‘riding the wave’ of location innovation.    They report that the ease with which developers can create location-based services by tying into datasets and APIs from Google, Facebook, Foursquare and others is driving a burst of activity around location and apps, principally around iPhone and Android. It struck…

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Elected Mayor for Leicester update – Soulsby steps down as MP to be Labour candidate

The Labour Party’s epic internal selection contest to find its candidate for the Leicester Mayoral election in May, concluded dramatically over the weekend.   Sir Peter Soulsby, who has been the MP for Leicester South since 2005, but was previously council Leader for 17 years, won a five way contest, beating current council Leader Veejay Patel who…

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David Cameron’s passion for Big Society – full speech

It was interesting to be there yesterday morning for the ‘re-launch’ of Big Society by the Prime Minister.  Here’s a wordle and below is the full transcript of his speech and the question and answer session.  Let me just say a couple of things. I mean, normally in politics the difficulty is getting people to talk…

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