Author: Josephine Suherman

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The Learning Council

I recently wrote an essay for LGiU’s new collection, Municipal Futures, on The Learning Council. In it I argued that, whilst there have long been calls for councils to get better at learning from each other, in the future this will not be enough, and councils instead need to start to learn from the practise…

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Councils in the Driving Seat?

LGiU and SEA have worked together on a state-of-the-nation look at local authorities and traffic enforcement. Our research shows that councils take their responsibility to deliver appropriate, local strategies which protect the law-abiding majority seriously. Councils have come in for criticism that their strategies are cynical and revenue-raising, but our research in fact finds that…

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The Future Town Hall: How will local government be different 30 years from now?

On 9th December 2013, to celebrate our thirtieth anniversary, the LGiU launched our latest publication The Future Town Hall: How will local government be different 30 years from now? The publication brought together thinking by leading local government practitioners, commentators and thinkers on what local democracy might look thirty years from now.

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CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance 2014

The CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance 2014 will be given to a councillor who has shown consistent commitment to using the council’s resources prudently. This blog sets out what we're looking for in a winner, and looks at the example of last year's winner Cllr Maurice Jones.

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Planning – Problem or Solution?

Our new publication, ‘Planning – Problem or Solution?’ is a collection of writings by key commentators on how to move forward with planning policy. It was collated by the LGiU, with support from the Federation of Master Builders, for the Liberal Democrats’ CLG Parliamentary Committee

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Scrutineer of the Year Award 2014

Good governance and effective scrutiny are the foundation on which the work of local government rests. For the sector to be efficient, democratic, and able to do its job properly, the councillors who perform a scrutiny role must do it to the highest standard. As the Centre for Public Scrutiny’s executive director, Jessica Crowe, has…

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Young Councillor of the Year award

The representation of young people in local government is vital, but there are only a handful of young councillors. With this in mind, the Young Councillor of the Year award will recognise a councillor who was 30 or under when last elected and who has contributed significantly to their community. This blog discusses what LGiU…

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Tracking your preventative spend: a step-by-step guide

LGiU has recently published a step-by-step guide to tracking your council’s preventative spend, produced as part of a wider project on the importance of investing in preventative services. The project, in partnership with Mears and the British Red Cross, maps Camden Council’s spend on services which reduce and delay the need for care and support…

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