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As April gets into full swing we’re just going to take a moment to look back over the past month and round up some of what has been going on at LGiU. A lot of briefings of course; among our members the most widely read included, unsurprisingly, Brexit and the UK Economy but also Veg…

England & Wales Blog Post

Video roundtable: Rough sleeping – just the tip of the iceberg

LGiU is working with CLGdotTV to produce a series of programmes discussing a range of local government issues. Our first programmes focused on homelessness. Vicky Sargent of CLGdotTV hosted a chat with Andrew Walker, managing the LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, Cllr Stephanie Cryan of LB Southwark and Dawn Eckersley of the East London Housing Partnership to…

England & Wales Blog Post

Reading the tea leaves of the local elections

It's four weeks until the local elections and today we publish our Ones to Watch guide to the 2019 local elections which highlights the hot races and who has the most to lose and to gain.

England & Wales Blog Post

Islands Deal – What can our islands do for you?

It’s an exciting time for Scotland’s island communities, as the Islands Deal begins to take off. Our own Kim Fellows went along to the Islands Deal Holyrood Reception reception in February to find out more.

Scotland Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly 29th March: What’s driving the housing crisis?

We bring you a taster of our recent appearance on Connected Local Gov TV, in which LGiU researcher Andrew Walker, Southwark Cabinet Member for Housing Stephanie Cryan, and Dawn Eckersley from the East London Housing Partnership discuss the drivers behind the housing crisis. Followed by run-down of recent LGiU member-only housing policy briefings such as…

England & Wales Blog Post, Podcast

Start the democratic therapy process

It’s a bad time to talk about Brexit, but it is also a terrible time not to talk about Brexit, writes Jonathan Carr-West.

England & Wales Blog Post

Countdown – one year til the financial cliff edge

The official MHCLG figures released this week show that almost all English councils are raising council tax for 2019-20, confirming our findings earlier this year from the LGiU and MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey. The 1st of April marks one year exactly until local government drops off a financial cliff. One year in…

England & Wales Blog Post

Global lessons in local government

Increasingly at LGiU we have been looking at what is happening in local government internationally. Of course one size never fits all but Janet Sillett finds common challenges, common themes and innovation that can be adapted when we cast our eyes beyond the horizon.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

Better comms for better democracy

Democracy is difficult in the best of times, but when the polity is questioning governance, decision-making and accountability it becomes even harder. Local authorities have responsibility for running elections and by and large do an excellent job of managing registration, balloting and counting. But more could be done to make our democracy better by taking…

England & Wales Blog Post

Policy Developments and Responses to Homelessness in Ireland

Like the UK, Ireland has a homelessness crisis. The approach of the Irish government to dealing with the crisis has been markedly different to the UK government. Bob Jordan from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive explains what the response has been.

England & Wales Blog Post