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Response to Our Place! Funding announcement

Last week, Communities Minister Don Foster announced £4.3m of new financial support for the Neighbourhood Community Budget Pilot programme. Now called ‘Our Place!’, the programme will expand the existing Neighbourhood pilots to enable  around 100 communities to develop their own projects to give local people more control over their own local services. This also sits alongside…

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Local elections 2013: when are the counts taking place?

Unlike previous years, the majority of election counts will be taking place on Friday morning, rather than at close of polls this evening. Here is a run down of when we expect the counts to start. In most cases, results will be announced immediately following the count.   Counts starting 10pm Thursday Dorset Essex Gloucestershire…

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The Big Lunch: Feeding Community Spirit

Since 2009, LGiU has been analysing the social impact of The Big Lunch. We wanted to understand where Lunches took place, who participated and the difference that this made in communities. What we discovered was profound. Through the simple act of sharing lunch with neighbours, The Big Lunch strengthens communities and builds social capital. The Big…

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LGiU response to ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ consultation

Last month, LGiU submitted a response to the Government's 'Transforming Rehabilitation' consultation. In this blogpost we outline why we think the Government's proposals will not achieve their aims and the democratic perspective of local authorities has not been adequately considered in the consultation. Working with UNISON, the LGiU advocates a different model for delivering rehabilitation…

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Councillor Allowances: Select Committee report on Councillors on the Front-line

The cross-party Communities and Local Government Select Committee have today released details of an inquiry into the modern councillor. The inquiry looked at the role of councillors and how to tackle the different barriers that prevent people from standing to be a councillor. Crucially, the inquiry identified three barriers to becoming, and then remaining councillors. Firstly,…

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The 2011 Summer Riots: one year on

This report draws on research carried out by LGiU to examine the local government response to the summer riots of 2011, and gives a snapshot of how prepared local authorities are to respond to future riots. LGiU surveyed 53 local authorities asking what action they have taken in the last 12 months since the riots…

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Watching the top 50 councils

LGiU have predicted the top 50 councils to watch. Here are these councils, along with the time that we expect their results to be annouced.   Authority Time Type Carlisle Before 1am District Council Exeter Before 1am District Council Lincoln Before 1am District Council Nuneaton and Bedworth Before 1am District Council Portsmouth Before 1am English…

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