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.
LGIU statement: State of the Locals – the results
LGIU response: Ipsos polling data on UK attitudes to local elections
LGIU Scotland statement: State of the Locals in Scotland – the results
Local government will continue to be restricted unless it allows women to contribute effectively, Laura Wilkes, LGiU Policy Manager, has warned.
The Guardian Local Leaders Network: Welfare reform will put pressure on councils – local government news
‘Whitehall must ‘do better’ at collecting taxes’ – Lauren Lucas, LGiU Policy Manager, is quoted in this week’s roundup.
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.
Jonathan Carr-West speaks to BBC Gloucestershire about the role of the council in tackling benefit fraud. From 1 hour 9 mins in.
Laurie Thraves, LGiU Policy Manager, explains the human cost behind a failure to provide adequate support to self-funders of adult social care.
Chris Horlick, Managing Director – Care of Partnership, discusses in the MJ why it is so important to consider the impact of care costs on council budgets and recognise the pressures that local authorities are under.
The Guardian Local Leaders Network: Funding reductions due to government miscalculations: expert views
Councils could lose out on £95m of funding next year after the government underestimated how much financial protection local authorities need against fluctuations in business rates income. Jonathan Carr-West explains why this shows a fundamental dysfunctionality in the relationship between local and central government.
Laurie Thraves, LGiU Policy Manager, discusses the lack of local government support for self-funders of adult social care.
New research published by localist think tank LGiU shows that self-funders of adult social care present a significant financial challenge for local government, threatening the entire structure of the social care system. 57 per cent of individuals fund in full or in part their residential and nursing care, but a substantial number are falling back…