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Jonathan Carr-West’s latest column for The Municipal Journal.

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Community Champion of the Year

Councillors have a vital, yet often unacknowledged, role as champions of their community.  As elected representatives they are the mechanism through which citizens engage and interact with local government. The Community Champion of the Year Award will recognise the members who best fill this role and who tirelessly go out of their way to engage…

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The Personal Debt Summit, Free National Conference for all LGiU Members

The LGiU, in partnership with StepChange, the national debt charity, are delighted to announce The Personal Debt Summit: Living on the Edge, a free national policy conference for all LGiU members in London on 21st January 2014. Register for your free place today.  The rising cost of living, low wage growth, high levels of consumer…

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Planning – Problem or Solution?

Our new publication, ‘Planning – Problem or Solution?’ is a collection of writings by key commentators on how to move forward with planning policy. It was collated by the LGiU, with support from the Federation of Master Builders, for the Liberal Democrats’ CLG Parliamentary Committee

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Strong Foundations: Building better dialogue between landlords and tenants

A new report from LGiU and Mears, out today, focusses on the impact of welfare reform and other long-term trends on the relationship between tenants and landlords in social housing. Read the report here. Residents of social and council housing are far more likely to be affected by welfare changes than the wider population. As…

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Scrutineer of the Year Award 2014

Good governance and effective scrutiny are the foundation on which the work of local government rests. For the sector to be efficient, democratic, and able to do its job properly, the councillors who perform a scrutiny role must do it to the highest standard. As the Centre for Public Scrutiny’s executive director, Jessica Crowe, has…

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Viewpoint: Short Changed

Andy Kaye, Head of Campaigns and Policy, Independent Age, speaks to LGiU about the unexpected consequences of the Care Bill and what this means for government, councils and ultimately care users. The chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Richard Grasso once warned us to expect unintended consequences of any laws passed ‘in the heat…

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Viewpoint: Rebalancing our Cultural Capital

David Powell, Visiting Professor at the London East Research Unit, blogs for LGiU about the need to tackle the bias towards London in public funding of the arts. His blog is based on the new report, ‘Rebalancing our Cultural Capital‘, which he produced with Peter Stark and Christopher Gordon independently.   Public spending on the arts is…

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Young Councillor of the Year award

The representation of young people in local government is vital, but there are only a handful of young councillors. With this in mind, the Young Councillor of the Year award will recognise a councillor who was 30 or under when last elected and who has contributed significantly to their community. This blog discusses what LGiU…

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