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Queen’s speech 2019 – Key announcements for local government

Today the Queen opened a new Parliamentary session with her speech outlining the Prime Minister’s legislative agenda. As expected, it was largely dominated by plans for the UK’s departure from the EU but there were aspects of the Government’s new domestic plans with implications for local government.

England & Wales, Scotland

LGiU Cllr Achievement Awards 2019 – the shortlist

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the LGiU & CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards. This year’s shortlist demonstrates an excellent group of councillors who have worked hard within their council roles to improve their local community, be it by leading their authority, transforming council services or getting involved with local people.

England & Wales
Members

Assessing children at the start of schooling in England

Reception baseline assessment starts in autumn 2020 although most primary schools are trialling it this year. It forms the baseline for primary school progress measures enabling such schools to be held to account for the seven years of primary education. It is controversial with some claiming that it is at odds with young children’s learning.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Disconnected Communities: could direct democracy be the path to a more representative form of politics?

Across Europe there has been a rise in the number of people who feel excluded from mainstream political decision-making. With this in mind, we explore ‘direct democracy’ and question whether this could be a tool for local authorities to build more representative, trusted and cohesive models of governance.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members & Followers

Measuring Poverty 2019: a report of the Social Metrics Commission

This report, from the Social Metrics Commission, provides both a detailed overview of the extent and nature of poverty in the UK today and original analysis that shows how this has changed since the first year where the data for the Commission’s measurement framework is available.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Local government’s Brexit preparations: the Chief Executive view

LGiU ran a survey of chief executives of all UK local authorities, asking them about how their council is preparing for Brexit. The survey ran throughout September 2019, receiving 63 responses (15% of chief executives) covering councils in all regions and all tiers.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Oireachtas Review: September 2019

Mid-September saw the political parties hold their now annual “autumn think-ins” ahead of the return of the Dáil on Tuesday 17th September. This briefing covers what happened at these think-ins and what each party has planned for the upcoming year.

Ireland