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LGIU Response: Birmingham City Council’s Section 114 notice

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU, said: “To see the largest local authority in the country effectively declare bankruptcy is a sobering moment. Questions will no doubt be asked about decision making and governance in Birmingham. But questions should also be asked about an inconsistent, fragmented and short-term funding system that is driving dozens of councils…

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Councils unaware of biggest changes in local authority parking for a generation

The majority of council decision-makers lack awareness and understanding of potential changes to local authority parking. This is the key finding in a new report, Parking strategies and innovation, from the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU), based on a survey of over 100 councillors and officers. In 2024, the Department for Transport (DfT) is expected…

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LGIU response to the Electoral Commission’s report on voter ID

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) said: “The Electoral Commission report published this morning should concern anyone who believes in strong and inclusive local democracy. “The report shows that approximately 14,000 voters were turned away at their polling stations because of the new requirements, and estimates that many more may have simply…

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LGIU Statement: State of the Locals – the results

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) said: “With (nearly) all councils declared, we can look back at a day of steadily escalating drama. The Conservatives had looked to manage expectations with predictions of up to 1000 seats lost. That turned out to be the reality. There’s been a steady drumbeat throughout the…

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