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Local elections 2013 – LGiU Coverage

Our live blog is now running – view all the latest local election updates here.   On Thursday 2nd May, local elections will occur in 27 county councils and six unitary councils in England and one Welsh council. There will also be two mayoral elections in Doncaster and North Tyneside. LGiU will be providing live…

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Real Recycling is Locally led

  Many of us are clear on the environmental and economic benefits of recycling.  It conserves natural resources, frees up landfill space, preserves energy, reduces pollution, saves money, and creates jobs.  The list could go on. Until recently however, local authorities, who are responsible for waste collection and disposal and have a key role to…

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Government’s response to Lord Heseltine’s growth review

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget Statement on Wednesday (20 March) the government has published its official response to Lord Heseltine’s growth review (“No Stone Unturned in pursuit of growth”). Ministers have accepted 81 of the 89 recommendations put forward (either in full or part), rejected five - and will look further at the remaining three…

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England local elections 2014

The 2014 European Parliament elections will take place from 22 to 25 May 2014. The Draft Council Decision fixing the period for the elections is available here. It is therefore likely that local elections in England will be held on Thursday 22 May 2014. This includes all 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs, 76 second-tier district authorities, 20…

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Facing up to money advice

In the coming months, council and housing association tenants are facing a ‘perfect storm’ – a series of substantial, high impact changes to their external environment, arriving all at once. Councils and housing associations need to work together to support those who need help – but they need the government to play its part, writes…

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Social care for working age disabled people

Elliot Dunster, Parliamentary Manager at Scope explains the forthcoming APPG inquiry which will look  into the ways in which the social care system needs to be reformed to meet the needs of working age disabled people in England.

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Local Growth according to Pickles

The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yesterday addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government on the issue of economic growth.

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LGiU response to ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ consultation

Last month, LGiU submitted a response to the Government's 'Transforming Rehabilitation' consultation. In this blogpost we outline why we think the Government's proposals will not achieve their aims and the democratic perspective of local authorities has not been adequately considered in the consultation. Working with UNISON, the LGiU advocates a different model for delivering rehabilitation…

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