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Local Growth according to Pickles

The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yesterday addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government on the issue of economic growth.

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LGiU response to ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ consultation

Last month, LGiU submitted a response to the Government's 'Transforming Rehabilitation' consultation. In this blogpost we outline why we think the Government's proposals will not achieve their aims and the democratic perspective of local authorities has not been adequately considered in the consultation. Working with UNISON, the LGiU advocates a different model for delivering rehabilitation…

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Councils call for greater tax freedom

New research by LGiU and The MJ reveals that four in five councils want the freedom to increase council tax, rather than another 'deal' from Whitehall.

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Photos from 2013 C’llr Awards

The LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards took place on Monday 25th February in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Westminster City Hall. The evening provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the hard work of councillors across the country and we were joined by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Eric…

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Local energy solutions and local authority leadership

Yesterday saw UK local authorities coming together with colleagues from Whitehall and NESTA, to explore the opportunities, and challenges, of being an active ‘energy’ local authority, explains Hywel Lloyd, Advisor to the Stoke-on-Trent NESTA Creative Council Team.

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After much anticipation, we can now reveal the winners of the 2013 LGiU and CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards. Winners were announced last night at the C’llr Awards Ceremony at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Westminster City Hall. Councillors, council leaders, MPs and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles…

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Leaner and greener health and social care

Guest post by Catherine Max on the role of the local authority in shaping the sustainability agenda in health and social care.

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Westminster remembers why all politics is local

Former Conservative MP and Shadow CLG spokesman Paul Goodman has written in the Telegraph about the state of the national party’s campaign in Eastleigh: “…the fact that the Lib Dems hold every constituency seat on the local council. Their strength mirrors Tory weakness. With that lack of councillors comes a lack of much else: local knowledge, canvassing records, human…

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Southwark’s social housing – time for a 30 year plan

Southwark Council's Housing Commission Report published last autumn took an in-depth look at the state of the council's housing stock. Councillor Gavin Edwards, Chair of Southwark's Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee explains the difficult choices that lie ahead.

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