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Weakening of internal council watchdogs puts local authorities at significant legal risk

Local council monitoring officers, those legally required to ensure councils act within the law, lack influence at the top table putting local authorities at significant legal risk, according to a new report from the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) in partnership with Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and Browne Jacobson. Based on in-depth interviews with…

England & Wales Press Releases

LGIU Response: First Minister’s announcement on council tax freeze

LGIU Response: First Minister’s announcement on council tax freeze Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU Scotland, said: “LGIU Scotland is deeply concerned by yesterday’s announcement from the First Minister to freeze council tax. “​​The lack of consultation with local government demonstrates a failure of the principles of trust and respect that should be the foundation of…

Scotland Press Releases

14th annual Cllr Awards shortlist unveiled

14th annual Cllr Awards shortlist unveiled Local councillors from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands shortlisted for national awards   49 local councillors from across England, Wales and Scotland have been shortlisted for the 2023 LGIU and CCLA Cllr Awards, showcasing the vital contributions of councillors for the 14th year running. Competition was extremely tight with…

England & Wales, Scotland Press Releases

LGIU Response: Commissioners brought in to help run Birmingham City Council

LGIU Response: Commissioners brought in to help run Birmingham City Council Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU, said: “Michael Gove is following what is sadly becoming a familiar playbook and sending in Max Caller, the go-to commissioner for ailing councils. “There’s no doubt that commissioners can turn around a council’s finances, but the cure can be…

England & Wales Press Releases

Squeezed councils’ contribution to Net Zero goal at risk as public support wanes

With influence over significant sources of emissions and established local networks, councils are a critical player in achieving the target of zero emissions by 2050 - yet, the cost of living crisis, inflation and rising fuel and energy costs, risk distracting and deprioritising local efforts towards net zero, a new collaborative report between the LGIU…

England & Wales Press Releases