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2011 will be the year of councillor power, Midlands Majority and a new standard for tweeting politicians?

Happy New Year to one and all – I hope everyone feels refreshed from the winter break. Here’s a few interesting stories that have been passed around the LGIU office this morning. “2011 will be the year of councillor power” says Schapps. Harry Phibbs writes on ConservativeHome’s Local Government blog that “ludicurous” planning rules which restrict councillors from taking…

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C’llr Achievement Awards – deadline this Friday

We were nicely surprised this morning to find a big stack of entry forms for the C’llr Achievement Awards. These awards are an initiative we care strongly about as they are designed to highlight and celebrate the dedicated effort that councillors put in throughout the year to strengthen local democracy and help improve the lives…

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DRAFT: 2012 local elections information and predictions

This May around 5000 council seats will be contested in 127 councils in England, 32 Scottish local authorities and 22 Wales. The local elections will be held on Thursday 3 May, the same day as Mayoral contests in Liverpool and Salford and referendums on whether to adopt the Mayoral model in 10 cities. There is…

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Guardian Q&A

Last week I took part in very interesting Q&A session on the Guardian’s Local Government Network. Here’s a link to the whole debate – or if reading all 128 comments seems a bit daunting, here’s a nice summary of what was discussed –

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#localgov twitter lists

We’ve spent some time during the last week building up the LGIU’s following list and now that we are networked to over 1,300 profiles it’s quite clear that things need a bit of organisation. We are therefore going to experiment over the festive period building some nice twitter lists. So far, the plan is to create…

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The localism bill: the key points for councils

This article was origianlly publish on the Guardian website A massive piece of legislation announced alongside a huge cut in funding for local government, the localism bill will have a big impact on local councils and communities. Looked at carefully, it’s clear the bill provides practical reasons to believe that the relationship between citizens and…

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*seminar* The ‘Online’ Councillor: behaviours for online collaboration & community engagement

The expectations are growing on councillors to engage, work openly, be more accountable and move quicker on issues – and social media represents an extraordinary opportunity to do this – Andy Gibson, Sociability.org.uk The LGIU has been working alongside its members, analysing the new forms of online political participation and taking positive steps to embed…

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C’llr awards – nominations deadline extended

There is still time to send in nominations for this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards. The deadline for sending in nominations is now 5pm Friday 7 January 2011. These awards are designed to highlight and celebrate the dedicated effort that councillors put in throughout the year to strengthen local democracy and help improve the lives of citizens. As always,…

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Debating localism, and today’s other top local stories

Localism is dead – long live localism. Simon Parker has identified a major trend in the Localism Bill: empowering communities. He reckons that this approach is “heavily shaped by the former philosophy don Oliver Letwin” and “seems to emerge from a philosophical hybrid of Hayek (markets), Schumpeter (creative destruction) and Amartya Sen (capabilities)”. I’m not…

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