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New councillor? Be prepared for culture shock

James Cousins was a four term councillor in London. First elected in 1998 he shares his top tips with new councillors: learn all you can, do good and say yes.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

New councillor? LGIU is here for you

Whether you’re a brand new councillor or an old hand, LGIU is here to support you to deliver for your local residents. LGIU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West explains how new councillors can start benefitting from LGIU now.

England & Wales Blog Post

Unlocking community spending power with the ‘Scotland Loves Local’ gift card

Launched in 2020, the Scotland Loves Local campaign has encouraged people to support their local town centres out of loyalty and community solidarity. Phil Prentice, Chief Officer at Scotland’s Towns Partnership, tells us about the latest initiative: a government-funded ‘Scotland Loves Local’ gift card.

Scotland Blog Post

Election eve: how does the BBC cover the locals?

In this podcast, Jonathan Carr-West interviews the BBC’s Tim Burke – the man who covers elections – about how the locals will be covered and what people think about them. Jonathan and Ingrid also address the election essentials and highlight the support LGIU will be giving to new councillors post election.

England & Wales Podcast

Who runs the councils in No Overall Control?

Which councils are in ‘No Overall Control’ as we head into the May local elections?  What does NOC mean and what does that mean in terms of practical governance?

England & Wales Blog Post

Are we looking locally?

Once again the local elections are being viewed as a national opinion poll by many, writes Janet Sillett. But while Covid, its impact and the recovery are the dominant themes across all tiers of government, the importance of local solutions must not be ignored.

England & Wales Blog Post

Local elections by the numbers

Democracy Club lays out the numbers for this years local elections, candidates, parties and places with 5000 new councillors to be elected on 6 May.

England & Wales

LGIU Fortnightly: Making a safe election

Local elections are only a bit over a week away. Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid Koehler talk to Kate Grigg of CfGS about combined authority mayors and what she’s expecting from her very first stint volunteering at the polls and Peter Stanyon, Chief Exec of AEA about how this elections are different this year, how they’re…

England & Wales Podcast