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LGiU Fortnightly 1st February: Trash talkin’ councils

Bins – a perennial doorstep issue for voters, a frequent headache for councils. Following the launch of the Government’s new Resource and Waste Strategy, this week we’re talking trash. We speak to Dr Peter Maddox, Director of WRAP, about DEFRA’s new proposals, targets and consultations that will have major impact on how councils run their…

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What do city council treasurers think about council funding?

LGiU partnered with Core Cities and London Councils to host a roundtable discussion on local government finance. Held on 15th January, we welcomed 10 Chief Finance Officers of councils in Core Cities and London Boroughs to hear their views on the current financial situation and what we should be doing as a sector to move…

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LGiU Fortnightly 18th January: 2019, the year of the council (or maybe just Brexit)

What does 2019 hold for local government? Is this the year councils finally get the clarity they desperately need on social care and funding? Although Whitehall is distracted by Brexit, there are some glimmers of hope that other policies are still on the agenda – including the NHS 10 year plan and the Waste Strategy.…

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LGiU Fortnightly 30th November: Brexit and Local Government

LGiU has been covering the Brexit negotiations from a local government perspective for the last two years – as the finish line approaches, what have we learnt and what should councils be doing to prepare for the impending change? And following the second meeting of LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, we discuss how homelessness is impacting upon…

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LGiU Fortnightly 16th November: What do parking fines, fake news & Star Wars have in common?

Answer: They all tell a story about public trust, our pet topic for 2018! This week we look at our Daily News stories and recent LGiU work through the lens of trust, from overzealous parking enforcement and fractious community relations during estate regeneration projects, to the spectre of ‘fake news’ and how Russian bots wrought…

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LGiU Fortnightly: Special Edition! Live from LGiU Cllr Awards 2018

LGiU held its ninth annual Cllr Achievement Awards on Tuesday, to celebrate the shining stars of local government! In this special edition of LGiU Fortnightly, we run you through the evening in case you couldn’t be there, telling you a bit about each of the shortlisted councillors and hearing from our award winners and Lord…

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LGiU & CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards 2018 – the winners!

On Tuesday night we hosted the ninth annual Cllr Achievement Awards, the only awards to recognise the achievements of elected members. The evening has become a staple of the local government calendar and the largest annual cross-party gathering of council leaders outside the LGA conference. Listen to our special episode of LGiU Fortnightly featuring interviews with winners…

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LGiU Fortnightly 2nd November: Singin’ the Budget blues?

Pleasantly surprising or deeply disappointing? Cause for optimism or despair? Welcome extra cash or hush money? Listen to Jennifer and Jonathan lay out their very different views on the Chancellor’s Budget announcements this week – from potholes to social care, high street regeneration to business rate reliefs. We also bring you highlights from our member-only…

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LGiU Fortnightly 18th October: Does transparency lead to trust in politics?

We live in changing political times and many observe a decline in trust in politics. Meanwhile there is now an unprecedented collection of personal data by public and private organisations. What does it mean to be transparent in the public sector in this context? We speak to Dr Ben Worthy of Birkbeck University on his…

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LGiU Fortnightly 5th October: Party’s over, folks! The council view of conference season

Party conference season isn’t ALL about Westminster politics. LGiU brings you the local government view from Brighton, Liverpool and Birmingham. From Theresa May lifting the HRA cap to Emily Maitlis challenging Liz Truss on council finances, big words from Andrew Gwynne on community empowerment and Lib Dem plans to tackle one-party-state councils, there was a…

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