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Cabinet or committees: what is the best way of running local government?

With more councils in England switching from cabinet to committees, what is the best way of operating in local government? Why do some councils that reintroduced committees now favour a cabinet, and what about the Scottish council that changed its governance system three times since 2012? A new briefing explains.

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Trust me, I work in local government

Sharing in LGIU’s 40th celebrations, Chris Elliott, Chief Executive at Warwick District Council reflects on his 40 years in local government and what has not changed. Highlighting the stagnant issues of the sector and growing mistrust, Chris argues that truthful practices need to be ingrained in all local government does going forward.

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The core principles of trust applied to local government

In this article, Dr Hannah Bunting, lecturer in Quantitative British Politics at the University of Exeter, outlines the core principles of trust, applying them to the context of local governance. Building on this further, Dr Greg Stride adds some additional insights from our Local Democracy Research Centre’s recent work.

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What has happened to the trust between the UK’s central and local government?

In this thought-provoking read, Cllr Baggy Shanker, Leader of Derby City Council, reflects on the deterioration of central and local government relationships and asks, what has happened to the trust in local government? In the midst of unprecedented pressures, he argues that the last thing the sector needs is more hoops to jump.

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Trust: the ultimate currency

In this insightful think piece, Cllr Lorna Fielker, Deputy Leader at Southampton City Council, explores the value of trust in local government and how it is perhaps undervalued despite being so critical to achieving aspirations. Is it time to start asking tough questions about the mistrust running through the sector and our communities?

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Local Democracy Week – are teenagers interested in local democracy?

To mark 2023’s Local Democracy Week, Fatema Limbada, Civic and Member Services Manager at Brent Council, highlights their recent panel with young people to discuss youth participation in local democracy. With more and more research finding concerning rates of low engagement among the young demographic, how can those in local government help change the tide?

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Is 20 plenty? How councils are leading the drive for slower traffic

A growing number of UK roads are subject to 20mph speed limits. Welcomed by road safety campaigners (plus pedestrians and cyclists), they face opposition from motoring organisations and some politicians. So how do such schemes work, and what do they achieve besides weighty arguments?

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UNISON’s Champions Day

The LGIU is proud to support UNISON’s Champions Day, which celebrates local government workers and all they do for communities and services. We hear from Sarah Pearce, Assistant National Officer at UNISON, who is leading their Champions Campaign, about how it all works and how you can get involved. 

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Cultural sector policy and research round-up: Autumn 2023

This briefing provides a round-up of research and announcements related to the arts, culture and leisure sector. It also covers cultural participation, recent GCSE and A-level statistics relating to creative subjects, the government and the Creative Industries Council’s Creative Sector Vision, and much more.

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Housing and planning round-up October 2023

Energy efficiency is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round up, with more money to decarbonise social housing but confusion over net zero targets. Other stories include rough sleeping, housebuilding by councils, tenants’ complaints and tall buildings.

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