Author: Jennifer Glover

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Caught between a rock and a cliff-face

Today saw the launch of results from two major investigations into the state of council finances, both of which starkly demonstrate the impossible bind between short and long term pressures.

England & Wales Blog Post

LGiU supports Cancer Research UK call for sustainable public health funding

LGiU are pleased to support Cancer Research UK’s campaign to fix the funding crisis facing public health, alongside many others in the sector. Our Local Finance Taskforce has been calling for a sustainable solution to council funding and this campaign highlights the impact the cuts and uncertainty are having in the vital area of public…

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly LE2019 Special – Dispatches from the frontline of democracy

Councillor candidate hopefuls up and down the country are out in force this week, as Thursday’s ballot looms. We speak to those people at the frontline of our local democracy – whether running for the first time, veteran campaigners, standing down or switching party – and to the Association of Electoral Administrators about the officers…

England & Wales Blog Post, Podcast

LGiU Fortnightly 12th April: What next for the British high street?

In light of the crisis facing the UK retail sector, councils have an integral role to play in shaping the future of these once-vibrant public spaces – and indeed their future financial security relies on business rates income to which retailers have typically been major contributors. This week we bring you ‘3 questions to ask yourself…

England & Wales Blog Post, Podcast

LGiU Fortnightly 29th March: What’s driving the housing crisis?

We bring you a taster of our recent appearance on Connected Local Gov TV, in which LGiU researcher Andrew Walker, Southwark Cabinet Member for Housing Stephanie Cryan, and Dawn Eckersley from the East London Housing Partnership discuss the drivers behind the housing crisis. Followed by run-down of recent LGiU member-only housing policy briefings such as…

England & Wales Blog Post, Podcast

Countdown – one year til the financial cliff edge

The official MHCLG figures released this week show that almost all English councils are raising council tax for 2019-20, confirming our findings earlier this year from the LGiU and MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey. The 1st of April marks one year exactly until local government drops off a financial cliff. One year in…

England & Wales Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly 15th March: Local elections ‘as fun as Fortnite’?

Three quarters of English councils have elections in May – so what better time to give the tyres of our local democracy a kick? From the basics of publishing candidate names and polling station locations, to stamping out fake news in political discourse, we explore the ways councils can bring their citizens into local decision-making.…

England & Wales Blog Post, Podcast

LGiU Fortnightly 15th February: Fixing council funding

Councils are facing unprecedented financial pressure and core services are creaking. How did we get here and what needs to happen? In this week’s bumper episode we speak to council leaders, the LGA, SOLACE and experts from the NAO, IFS and CfPS about their reaction to the findings of LGiU’s State of Local Government Finance…

England & Wales Blog Post, Podcast