Through the local elections maze

LGiU’s Alice Buszard has been gathering information about all the local elections taking place in England this year – and as she recounts here, it is not a simple task.

England & Wales Blog Post

Groundhog Day delay

On again, off again - what does the delay (possibly) until Halloween mean for the Brexit fright fest, asks Janet Sillett.

England & Wales Blog Post

In Conversation With… Cllr Roddie Mackay

LGiU Scotland’s Kim Fellows chats to Cllr Roddie Mackay, leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, about the new Islands Deal, service innovation and much more.

Scotland Blog Post

Viewpoint: Our year with the robot

Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE from LGiU member Waltham Forest Council reviews the difference that a specially designed chatbot has made to how the council responds to residents neighbourhood concerns.

England & Wales Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly 12th April: What next for the British high street?

In light of the crisis facing the UK retail sector, councils have an integral role to play in shaping the future of these once-vibrant public spaces – and indeed their future financial security relies on business rates income to which retailers have typically been major contributors. This week we bring you ‘3 questions to ask yourself…

England & Wales Blog Post, Podcast

Doom on the high street?

Towns have had none of the attention that has been lavished on cities in recent years, writes Janet Sillett. But any solution to help them thrive must see towns as more than a single shopping street.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

The closest elections in history?

The Prime Minister’s rather equivocal statement about European elections might leave voters confused about whether or not the UK will go to the polls to elect MEPs on 23 May. But what this means for electoral officers and local authorities across the country is that they must prepare for the poll, whether it happens or…

England & Wales Blog Post

In case you missed it…

As April gets into full swing we’re just going to take a moment to look back over the past month and round up some of what has been going on at LGiU. A lot of briefings of course; among our members the most widely read included, unsurprisingly, Brexit and the UK Economy but also Veg…

England & Wales Blog Post

Video roundtable: Rough sleeping – just the tip of the iceberg

LGiU is working with CLGdotTV to produce a series of programmes discussing a range of local government issues. Our first programmes focused on homelessness. Vicky Sargent of CLGdotTV hosted a chat with Andrew Walker, managing the LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, Cllr Stephanie Cryan of LB Southwark and Dawn Eckersley of the East London Housing Partnership to…

England & Wales Blog Post