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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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Leader of the Year Award

Strong leadership is essential for any successful organisation.  A good leader will have a clear vision of where their organisation is going, and how to do it. They make sure that goals and priorities are clear to all, always giving the right support for them to be met. The Leader of the Year Award, at the 2014…

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Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP confirmed as keynote speaker at 2014 C’llr Awards

We are delighted to announce the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has been confirmed as our keynote speaker at the 2014 LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards ceremony, hosted by Westminster City Council, on the evening of 25th February. The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP will present…

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C’llr Awards Deadline Extended!

There’s still time to nominate outstanding councillors for the 2014 LGiU and CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards! Due to popular demand we have extended the deadline until 5pm on Friday 17th January. Councillors play a vital role in making communities thrive, but they are not always fully appreciated. If you know a councillor who always goes…

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