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LGiU Fortnightly 27th September – Keeping the show on the road

This week’s LGiU Fortnightly sees the return of Andrew Walker, who has been away finishing his PhD thesis over the summer. Andrew and Ingrid run through LGiU’s latest briefings, covering special educational needs and disabilities, housing, and prison funding. They also discuss the political uncertainties of Brexit and Parliament’s prorogation, as well as the party…

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LGiU Fortnightly 13th Sept – Brexit planning for councils

As the 31st October approaches, councils across the country are preparing for a no-deal Brexit scenario – with very little guidance and minimal resources. As a major import centre for animal feed and pharmaceuticals, Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, tells us about his concerns for managing increased traffic through the city’s port,…

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LGiU Fortnightly 30th August – Community action…in action

A thriving community is what everyone in local government aspires to create and that’s exactly what Ingrid found in the beautiful Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells. Hear about the community orchard run by Transition Llandrindod, the life of a Town Crier, the Victorian Festival and how to run a community cafe. We also discuss the turbulent national…

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LGiU Fortnightly 16th August – Climate emergency in local government

With councils across the country declaring climate emergencies, we ask a couple of them what this really means for the way they work. Cllr Kevin Maguire, Cabinet Member for Environment in Norwich City Council, [12:30] describes their approach to integrating environmental with social and economic outcomes, and Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council,…

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LGiU Fortnightly 2nd August – Big ideas for a summer of #localgov

The summer holidays are upon us and perhaps you might have a bit of headspace to think beyond the day-to-day running of your council. But what should you be thinking about? LGiU offers food for thought on some of the meatier, longterm challenges facing local government and wider society – public service transformation, climate change…

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LGiU Fortnightly 19th July – SoS Local Gov: James Brokenshire & Andrew Gwynne

It’s been a big week at LGiU. We hosted our annual Local Government APPG reception on the beautiful House of Commons terrace and launched the final report from the Local Finance Taskforce. Hear the full keynote speech by Rt Hon James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, in which he acknowledges…

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LGiU Fortnightly 5th July – LGA Conference Special

Recorded live from sunny Bournemouth, LGiU joined the great and the good of local government at the LGA’s annual conference this week. We discuss the messages coming from Secretary of State James Brokenshire and new LGA chair Cllr James Jamieson, as well as updates from LGiU’s fringe events

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LGiU Fortnightly 21st June – Ending homelessness

Homelessness is one of our society’s most intractable issues and one that has been at the top of the political agenda for several years. This week LGiU’s local government-led Homelessness Commission launched its final report. We discuss its recommendations on how to accelerate progress towards ending homelessness. And it would be remiss of us not…

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LGiU Fortnightly 7th June – Tax and the city

Edinburgh Council’s Leader, Cllr Adam Mcvey, is marching the issue of tourism tax all the way to Holyrood. We speak to him about what he’s learned from the process about developing a solid evidence base and reaching out to less-than-enthusiastic stakeholders. Back in London, LGiU spoke before the CLG Select Committee this week about the…

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LGiU Fortnightly 24th May: Andy Burnham Special

This week’s podcast is an Andy Burnham special, featuring an exclusive interview with the Mayor of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, discussing the positive effects of devolution. Burnham gives his thoughts on a whole-place approach to reforming services, Whitehall’s top down approach and of course football. Plus we ask about homelessness in light of our…

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