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Community services in Orkney: Love Islands?

LGiU Scotland’s Kim Fellows blogs about her trip to Orkney, the stunning sights she saw there and the superb involvement of Orkney Council with the community and the services they provide.

Scotland Blog Post

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.

England & Wales Blog Post

The local electoral area boundary reports

LGiU Ireland Director Andy Johnston explores the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee Reports that were published last month. Nothing concentrates the mind like a good hanging, or so the saying goes. Well, while not quite as rigorous a prospect as a good hanging, the publication last week of the two Boundary Reports (here and here)…

Ireland Blog Post

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…

England & Wales Blog Post

FloodCitiSense – being alert to urban flooding

LGiU is a partner in FloodCitiSense, a project that aims to develop, with involvement from citizens and local authorities, an urban pluvial flood early warning service. Susana Ochoa-Rodriguez from RPS Group, another of the project's partners, explains the latest stage of the project.

England & Wales Blog Post

LISTEN: 15 Minutes With… Oliver Escobar on Participatory Democracy

We’ve launched a new service for our members, a series of 15-minute interviews with people who know what they’re talking about in areas of interest to local authorities in Scotland. In the first instalment, we have Edinburgh University lecturer Oliver Escobar speaking to Kim Fellows about all things participatory – from democracy to institutions to…

Scotland Blog Post

Happy Birthday NHS (but please don’t forget social care)

Today marks the 70th Birthday of the NHS. As relative youngsters (the LGiU is about half your age) we congratulate you on the institutional longevity. As individuals, we are profoundly grateful for the free access to health care and to those clinicians who have helped us in our own times of need. I used my…

England & Wales Blog Post

CAMRA and LGiU reception

On a fine evening in Birmingham earlier this week, LGiU and CAMRA hosted a reception as a fringe event of the LGA conference. We can’t confirm whether the main draw was the football or the chance to chat about local government and digest the content from the conference with a pint of real ale in…

England & Wales Blog Post