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Cllr Peggy Mitchell?

The really big local government news this week is that Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders is standing as a councillor. Too early to know if she’ll get elected or whether the BBC will play it straight or for laughs. No doubt some will think this is pretty frivolous, but given a general lack of recognition of…

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Science and opinion

Doing a course a few weeks ago, some councillors expressed scepticism about climate change and how much we should care about it.  I don’t think it was so much that they really disagreed with the science, they just resent what they see as an enforced consensus.  I can understand that.  People like to arrive at their…

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Abolish council tax?

At our seminar this week on the future of council tax, we heard a proposal for a new ‘Takeaway Tax’. Every time you have a kebab, the taxman skewers you. The idea wasn’t from within the LGiU and we don’t think it is a runner, but we are nothing if not democratic here, so tell…

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Crystal Balls

The beginning of a new year normally sees a rash of predictions as commentators of all descriptions tell us what they think the next 12 months will hold. Of course at LGiU we’re keen to get in on the act, but the sheer unpredictability of last year gives us pause for thought before we reach…

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