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LGA Councillors’ Forum: LGIU responds to the Deputy PM’s first speech to local government

At today’s LGA Councillor Forum, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Angela Rayner MP and Minister for Local Government, Jim McMahon MP signalled a long overdue reset of the relationship between local government and Westminster. LGIU Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West said: “The Government’s commitment in the King’s Speech to devolution and…

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Saving Local Government Finance Summit: The Five Missions hinge on local government funding reform and social care solutions

More than 60 leading local government figures and influential academics came together today for the Saving Local Government Finance Summit to reflect on the legislative commitments in the King’s Speech and to deliberate on how the Government plans to carry out its promises for local government, including devolution and planning reform. Despite optimism in the…

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LGIU response: Government plans for a Council of Regions and Nations

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU said: “The LGIU has long-called for a senate of mayors and council leaders and so we fully support the intention behind the Government’s plans for a Council of Regions and Nations. “Power and money must flow from Whitehall and into the regions, while also giving them a say in how…

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LGIU response: General Election 2024 results

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU said: “As we witness a change of government, we should be proud of our democracy and grateful to the electoral administrators who make it all happen and to all the candidates, winners and losers, who put themselves up for election. We offer special congratulations to all the councillors and council…

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LGIU warns all political parties not to underestimate the financial crisis facing councils as more bankruptcies loom

Today, the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) has released its 2024 General Election manifesto analysis and an easy-to-read guide on how party policies compare and contrast in relation to the local government sector. With two weeks until the General Election, we delve into the future for local government. The LGIU welcomes the broad political support…

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State of the locals on Friday evening

State of the locals on Friday evening Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) said: “There are always twists and turns with local elections results. But if we ignore the noise, the underlying signal from this set of elections is a steady drumbeat of lost Conservative council seats. Yes Ben Houchen has held…

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