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Our team of leading experts provide regular commentary on a wide range of local government issues; for all press enquires, please contact Jen Pufky on 020 7554 2800 or 07825 617 927 or by email on jen.pufky@lgiu.org.uk.

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The MJ: School places struggle is self-inflicted wound for Gove (£)

Laurie Thraves, LGiU Policy Manager, explains to the MJ why the struggle to find school places for primary students in 2016 is a self-inflicted wound for the Secretary of State, Michael Gove. However, the LGA’s recommendations, unfortunately, are a wrong and partial answer to the right question.

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BBC Gloucestershire: Local Planning

Jonathan Carr-West speaks to BBC Gloucestershire about whether councils deal with planning applications adequately.

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The LGC: Connect Locally

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of the LGiU, talks to the LGC about why councils need to re-think their relationships to their residents.

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BBC South East: Fracking in West Sussex

Chris Naylor, LGiU Policy Manager, speaks to BBC South East about the issue of fracking and the role of the parish council within planning decisions.

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Guardian Local Leaders Network: LGA urges Whitehall to collect tax more efficiently: expert views

The Local Government Association says central government must become as good as councils at collecting tax. Lauren Lucas, LGiU Policy Manager, agrees stating that  ‘70% of residents were happy with their council, but 62% are dissatisfied with government’. Perhaps its time to turn the tables and look at what the centre could learn from the local.

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