Notwestminster – creating a kinder local democracy

Notwestminster, the annual event for local democracy enthusiasts, returns for its sixth edition, “Big hearts and open minds”, on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th February 2020, writes Diane Sims.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly 6th December: GE2019 – What’s at stake for local government?

With the general election looming, we hear from councillors who’ve been out on the doorstep. Cllr Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent, and Cllr Michael Payne, Deputy Leader of Gedling and Chair of LGiU, tell us what this election could mean for local government, what should be prioritised by the new Government and how councils can…

England & Wales, Scotland Podcast

Launching CoCare in Southwark

This week we launched CoCare  – the app and information portal for better care – at an extra care facility in Southwark. Find out how you can get involved.

England & Wales Blog Post

Engaging with the media is crucial to restore faith in local government

Levels of trust in the UK government, media and businesses have plummeted over recent years. Sophie Willett, Founding Partner at Willem Communications, blogs for us about why it’s important to engage with the media and how to do it.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Can we see the future of localism in election manifestos?

Can party manifestos reveal much about the current state and possible future of localism? LGiU’s Janet Sillett looks at what the three main party manifestos have to offer for localism and issues relevant to local government.

England & Wales, Scotland

Towards child friendly cities

LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler visited Bristol to find out what they’re doing to make their city truly child friendly and what that means for us grown-ups.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

The Wigan Deal story

Cllr Lord Peter Smith, winner of the LGiU’s Cllr Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, recalls Wigan’s journey to innovative public service reform.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

The importance of data for the December election

Ever since the December General Election was announced, the Spatial Information Service (SIS) have been busy collating up-to-date data about each local authority’s Polling Districts and Polling Places. Simon Roberts, Data and Engagement Specialist at the Improvement Service, blogs about this work in Scotland and its importance.

Scotland Blog Post