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Think big, think local: four efforts to renew local democracy

Joe Mitchell is a long-time friend of LGIU’s through several years of work on the local elections in his former role at Democracy Club. Joe is now freelance and still working on democratic renewal. We asked him to summarise some of his latest thoughts for Local Democracy Week alongside our long read on keeping elections…

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Central-local government relations are becoming the principal site of conflict in the politics of the pandemic

In the latest of our Post-Covid Councils framework, this time looking at the location of power, Joseph Ward, Doctoral Researcher in POLSIS at the University of Birmingham, outlines how dealing with Covid-19 and the implementation of local lockdowns has shifted power in the central-local government relationship and how local and regional governments might intervene on…

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Three tier system: deja vu or a new dawn?

Janet Sillett breaks down the new three tier Covid-19 alert system after the Prime Minister’s recent announcement and the consequent implications for local governments.

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Raising new monuments: London’s first Black mayor John Archer

As we open Black History month, Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia writes about the launch of a new campaign by the council and the community to raise a monument to John Archer, the first black mayor in London.

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Local government driving social mobility

Alexandra Sufit from the Social Mobility Commission is calling on local government to share our stories of supporting opportunity and social mobility through employment and work with partners.

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Central government needs to stand back

As the country faces the fall-out from Brexit, a second wave and limited funding for councils, Jonathan Carr-West predicts doom and gloom this autumn if central government doesn’t stand back and allow local government to take the lead in his latest column for the Municipal Journal.

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Top of the class: budgeting the Bristol way

Last year, the process by which Bristol formed its 2020/21 Budget was described as best practice by the Head of Consultancy of the Centre for Public Scrutiny. So what is it that Bristol is doing right? In this blog, Cllr Clive Stevens talks us through the process.

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Fear and Loaning

Niall Alexander, Affordable Credit Consultant and Associate with the Carnegie UK Trust, writes on how the pandemic has affected loans, outlining new findings from Carnegie UK Trust and Community Finance Solutions’ survey of not-for-profit affordable credit lenders.

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