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Councils in the Driving Seat?

LGiU and SEA have worked together on a state-of-the-nation look at local authorities and traffic enforcement. Our research shows that councils take their responsibility to deliver appropriate, local strategies which protect the law-abiding majority seriously. Councils have come in for criticism that their strategies are cynical and revenue-raising, but our research in fact finds that…

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Viewpoint: Payday lending – how can councils help?

The LGiU is working with Citizens’ Advice to help councils better understand how they can support those falling into debt through use of payday loans. We hear from Ashley Scarfield, Campaigns Officer at Citizens Advice, who tells us about the launch of their new series of blogs on how local authorities can tackle irresponsible lending.…

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EXCLUSIVE: Over a third of councils warn they may be unable to deliver essential services

Today, LGiU and the MJ publish exclusive research following the annual local government finance survey. Over a third of councils have warned that financial constraints may place them in a situation where they are no longer able to deliver statutory services, reveals research by think tank LGiU and local government trade magazine The Municipal Journal.…

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Empowering flooded communities

One of the most striking images of the recent floods that have hit the South West has been the long term flooding of the Somerset Levels and the helplessness expressed by everyone from local residents to Prince Charles. Part of that helplessness is undoubtedly because the floods are caused by unpredictable weather patterns but it…

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The power of the network

Individuals act, but networks influence and inform. I’m a big believer in the power of networks to share information and to get stuff done. That’s why I’m very excited that LGiU is supporting a new network of policy leads in our member organisations to share their experience and thinking, to work with us as we continue…

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In hock: the personal debt summit

When I was at university I had a flamboyant economics professor who told us only the rich  can truly save, the rest of us just create cushions against hard times.  I’m not sure if that’s true, but in today’s economy too few of us have any cushion left at all. According to Stella Creasy, MP…

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Viewpoint – Local finance is about money working for us

Tom Jeffery, an independent researcher, writes for LGiU’s Viewpoint blog about the potential of local finance initiatives.  Last Friday, Ed Milliband announced a “reckoning with Britain’s broken financial system”. An extraordinary political reversal has taken place, with a Conservative chancellor announcing last Thursday an above-inflation rise in the statutory minimum wage rate, and, as thinktanker…

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The year ahead

LGiU's Janet Sillett looks at the year ahead in local government.

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