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Where next for council funding? The view from East Anglia

Where next for council funding? That was the question we posed to our guests in Norwich City Hall at our recent roundtable on local government finance. We were joined by council leaders, cabinet members, chief executives and finance directors from councils across the East of England for a fascinating discussion of the key issues from…

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LGiU Fortnightly 21st September: Trust in (local) politics

What does it mean to ‘trust’ political institutions? And how can local government play its part in raising the level of political discourse? As part of our Public Trust Lab project, we focus on issues of transparency, accountability and democratic processes in this week’s episode. We bring you highlights from our recent roundtable on trust…

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LGiU Fortnightly 7th September: The future of our cities + post-summer news catchup

After the never-ending summer, we catch you up on the latest big news from local government and let you know what to expect from LGiU this Autumn. We have a special focus on the future of cities, bringing you the highlights from two recent events, the Academy of Urbanism’s Cities on the Rise Conference in…

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LGiU Fortnightly 10th August: Not-so-silly season for local government

As Parliament grinds to a halt, we reflect on the situation in local government left by the vacuum of policy strategy on social care and funding, as well as the impact of a No Deal Brexit on councils. Plus we launch our #LocalGovReads campaign, asking what local government is reading over the summer, and some…

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LGiU Fortnightly 27th July: Fixing council funding

What next for local government finance? This week we discuss our newest publication, the Local Finance Scorecard, in which we explore the options for sustainable funding post-2020. Plus the highlights from our subscriber-only Daily News service and policy briefings, including developers being given power to overwrite local plans, the delayed social housing green paper, proposals…

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Local Government APPG meeting on Homelessness with Nigel Adams MP

On Monday 9th July, the Local Government APPG hosted a meeting in Parliament to discuss homelessness and were joined by Nigel Adams MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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LGiU Fortnightly 13th July: The view from Basildon and Kingston

This week we report on Basildon’s place-shaping work, Kingston’s women-led administration and our APPG meeting on homelessness with Nigel Adams MP. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings, including business rate reform (or lack thereof), the Letwin review on housebuilding and brown bears in Gloucestershire. Hosted by Ingrid Koehler and Jonathan Carr-West. Listen…

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LGiU Fortnightly 29th June: Participatory democracy – lessons from elsewhere

This week we take inspiration from the World Cup and take an international view on participatory local democracy. Andrew Walker hears from John Hennessey of the Municipal Association of Victoria on the tensions between federal and local government in pushing back against political disengagement in Australia. In Scotland, Kim Fellows speaks to Oliver Escobar, lecturer…

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LGiU Fortnightly 15th June: Lessons from Grenfell & Northamptonshire’s future

After a turbulent 12 months for local government, we ask what lessons we should learn from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Jonathan hears from Northamptonshire’s citizens on the future of their local democracy after the collapse of their county council. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings, including adult social care funding…

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LGiU Fortnightly 31st May: Helping kids by using tech, saving a giant shark & other stories

The Royal Wedding bells have now faded into the distance, but we can’t let it pass without telling the story from a local government perspective – you can’t spell love without local government, after all. We also bring you the highlights from our Digital in Children’s Services roundtable with TechUK, featuring a discussion of the…

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