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Local communities could be left powerless as developers eye greenfield and Green Belt sites, says new LGiU and National Trust report

LGiU research, published today in partnership with the National Trust, reveals that the government is sleepwalking towards the centralisation of the planning system. The LGiU surveyed senior local government politicians and officials in 94 Local Planning Authorities.  60 per cent of respondents disagree or strongly disagree that the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework…

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Comment on Budget 2013 from LGiU: Locally-led growth

Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU, commented on the 2013 Budget:   “This is a budget that will be met with some relief by finance chiefs across the country. The Secretary of State has protected local government from further cuts, although this may be tempered by January’s formula grant reduction next year. Many will…

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National Trust calls for councils to be given more time to adopt local plans

New research suggesting that half (51 per cent) of councils in England will miss the deadline for adopting a local plan has prompted the National Trust to call for local authorities to be given more time to agree plans for their area. When the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 27 March 2012,…

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Councils demand tax freedom

The ‘overwhelming’ majority of local authorities want the freedom to increase council tax, research by the LGiU and The MJ has revealed. The exclusive study revealed 80% of councils want to have control over setting council tax in 2014. Under current rules imposed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, councils need to seek…

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LGiU announces appointment of new Chief Executive

The LGiU is pleased to announce that Dr Jonathan Carr-West has been appointed as the new Chief Executive. Dr Carr-West has been Director of Policy at LGiU and previously worked as Director in the LGiU’s Centre for Local Democracy. Prior to this, he worked as Deputy Programme Director at the RSA. Chair of the LGiU…

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Winners of 2013 C’llr Awards announced

The winners of the annual LGiU and CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards were announced last night at an awards ceremony at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Westminster City Hall. Now in their fourth year, the C’llr Awards are the only national ceremony to recognise and reward the efforts of councillors from across the political spectrum. The…

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Kent hosts ‘Builders’ Breakfast’

Kent County Council hosted building firms from across the South to discuss how the council can ensure that skills are placed at the heart of the construction industry’s agenda. The event, organised by the Sector Skills Council for the building industry, CITB-ConstructionSkills and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), saw representatives from the industry alongside…

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LGiU responds to Government Social Care Proposals

Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Director of LGiU commented: “The Government has finally taken steps to tackle the funding of adult social care 14 years after the Royal Commission reported. During this generation of inaction councils have been faced with the double challenge of a steadily ageing population and dwindling resources so the Chancellor’s promise of a “fully-funded” solution will be…

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