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People-shaped places: how Lambeth let residents redesign the neighbourhood

Building places we want to live in is more than just an aesthetic challenge. We know that well-designed public spaces boost local economies, enhance community safety, reduce crime, improve public health and happiness, and increase community cohesion. But to design places people really want to live in, we need to ensure their wishes and needs…

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Local elections 2014: Help us tell the story

The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2014 Local Elections on 22 May and throughout the counts the next day. Sign up to become a Count Correspondent and help us tell the story or register for our email alerts.

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LGiU & CITB launch national series of Construction Summits

LGiU and CITB, the Industry Training Board for the UK construction sector, have launched a national series of Construction Summits to explore how local government can best support the sector in order to deliver local economic growth.

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EXCLUSIVE: Over a third of councils warn they may be unable to deliver essential services

Today, LGiU and the MJ publish exclusive research following the annual local government finance survey. Over a third of councils have warned that financial constraints may place them in a situation where they are no longer able to deliver statutory services, reveals research by think tank LGiU and local government trade magazine The Municipal Journal.…

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Photos from LGiU’s 30th anniversary

This year LGiU marks three decades of supporting local democracy, and we enjoyed raising a glass to LGiU past, present and future on Monday 9th December at an evening reception. We were also delighted to launch LGiU’s 30th anniversary pamphlet, in which leading figures from across and around the sector tell us how they think…

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The Personal Debt Summit, Free National Conference for all LGiU Members

The LGiU, in partnership with StepChange, the national debt charity, are delighted to announce The Personal Debt Summit: Living on the Edge, a free national policy conference for all LGiU members in London on 21st January 2014. Register for your free place today.  The rising cost of living, low wage growth, high levels of consumer…

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Helping self-helpers

Nottinghamshire County Council recently launched their new advice service for older people planning their own long-term care funding. It demonstrates the importance not only of innovative new services, but also of innovative new communication strategies.

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LGiU at the 2013 Party Conferences

Every year, the LGiU hosts a range of popular fringes at each of the three main party conferences, as well as a local government dinner. Find out more about our fringe programme here.

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Photos from the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group’s Summer Reception

The All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group’s summer reception took place on Monday 15th July on the sunny House of Commons terrace. Heather Wheeler MP, Chair of the APPG, kindly hosted the event and we were joined by the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who gave a…

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Nick Boles: An update on planning reforms

Nick Boles, Planning Minister, addressed the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group for their final meeting this summer. Representatives from around thirty local authorities were present as well as a number of parliamentarians and relevant stakeholders. Highlighting the aims behind the Government’s planning policy, he explained that the Government wants to persuade communities to bring…

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