LGiU Fortnightly 10 January: Unfinished business for a new decade and a new government
Councillor skills: reading for speed and retention
Place shaping (only this time it’s locally led)
Can we call it a comeback? The placeshaping agenda has been making a quiet return in town halls across the country, forging ahead without grand frameworks from Whitehall. In this episode, we speak to Liz Watts, Chief Executive of South Cambridgeshire, and Cancer Research UK’s Stacey Arnold.
From flooding in Yorkshire, to fires in Bolton and Leicester, the past few weeks have highlighted the incredible resilience of communities hit by crisis, writes Naomi Phillips from the British Red Cross. She looks at how to provide an effective collective response to guarantee the best possible approach to emergencies.
‘Leave no one behind; leave no place behind’ is the World Urban Forum Declaration. Janet Sillett reports from the UCLG Congress in South Africa on how local government could be key to making that vision a reality.
Barry O’Brien updates us on FloodCitiSense, a project to develop effective, local flood predication tools that the LGiU has been involved with for three years.
Kathie Pollard, Scottish Land Commission Policy Officer, writes for LGiU on the issue of vacant and derelict land, outlining a framework created by the Commission that enables policymakers to better incorporate considerations for the harm caused by long-term vacancy and dereliction into their policy decisions.
Peter Stanyon, Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, highlights the strains and the strengths of our electoral administration system in the face of yet another unscheduled election.
LGiU’s new campaign, #DispatchesFromTheDoorstep, aims to shine a light on un-democratic behaviour witnessed on the general election campaign trail and hear how this behaviour is being tackled by individuals, councils, parties and the police.
This week LGiU England hosted our annual Cllr Achievement Awards in London, welcoming councillors from across the country to celebrate the amazing work done by the shortlisted councillors and of course our winners. In this special episode, we speak to all the award winners about their work and what winning means to them.