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LGiU & CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards 2018 – the winners!

On Tuesday night we hosted the ninth annual Cllr Achievement Awards, the only awards to recognise the achievements of elected members. The evening has become a staple of the local government calendar and the largest annual cross-party gathering of council leaders outside the LGA conference. Listen to our special episode of LGiU Fortnightly featuring interviews with winners…

England & Wales Blog Post

Local Governance Review – the state of play

Introduction A review of local governance in Scotland has been underway for 12 months and aims to consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government including with communities. It includes all public services. Communities and public services are currently being invited to set out their proposals. Professor James…

Scotland Blog Post

Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2018

This guest blog comes to us from Shelter Scotland, who are hosting their annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference later this month. Shaheena Din writes about the upcoming conference and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, and you can register to attend here.

Scotland Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly 2nd November: Singin’ the Budget blues?

Pleasantly surprising or deeply disappointing? Cause for optimism or despair? Welcome extra cash or hush money? Listen to Jennifer and Jonathan lay out their very different views on the Chancellor’s Budget announcements this week – from potholes to social care, high street regeneration to business rate reliefs. We also bring you highlights from our member-only…

England & Wales Blog Post, Podcast

LGiU Fortnightly 18th October: Does transparency lead to trust in politics?

We live in changing political times and many observe a decline in trust in politics. Meanwhile there is now an unprecedented collection of personal data by public and private organisations. What does it mean to be transparent in the public sector in this context? We speak to Dr Ben Worthy of Birkbeck University on his…

England & Wales Blog Post, Podcast

Politics may be coming home

Jonathan Carr-West’s latest column for The Municipal Journal.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

We must all do more to get the good news out there

The news we see on a daily basis can be overwhelmingly negative. But why is it important that we see positive news too, especially for local authorities? Simon Francis, from Campaign Collective social enterprise, blogs about their new positive media outlet The Rooftop and why it’s so desperately needed.

Scotland Blog Post

Homelessness and Data

As part of the Local Government Homelessness Commission, LGiU held an evidence session on data and homelessness prevention last week. This was the first in a series of four sessions investigating how councils can deliver on the goals of the Homelessness Reduction Act. It was chaired by Cllr Peter Fleming, leader of Sevenoaks District Council and…

England & Wales Blog Post

The State of Care

The Care Quality Commission has just published its annual state of care report looking at the quality of health and social care and the issues facing these vital sectors. It’s widely acknowledged that both health and care are facing a fairly acute funding crisis, the CQC highlighted the good – that quality of care is…

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