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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

Domestic violence: 16 days of activism

The next 16 days are designed to draw a focus on the issues of domestic abuse, gender based violence and human rights. We spoke to our recent Cllr Award winner Janet Gardner about her work in this area and take a look at some other local government developments around the world.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly 21st November: The return of placeshaping

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.

England & Wales Podcast

So, how can local government and the voluntary and community sector work better together?

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.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post