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Public Finance: Localism – getting connected

Can a localised, yet connected, approach to public service innovation help us to meet complex social, political and financial challenges? Asks Jonathan Carr-West.

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The MJ: LGiU urges joint approach to solving social challenges

Long-term complex challenges facing society and the economy must inevitably involve deeper localism and radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation, the Local Government Information Unit has suggested. (£ subscriber only content).

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The MJ: Ombudsman must do more to support councillors, LGiU reports

The complaints body for local government has broad support across the sector but must develop a distinct offer for councillors, the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) think-tank has reported today. (£ subscriber only content)

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Swindon Advertiser: Rod Bluh has had enough of the government

Swindon Council’s former leader, Rod Bluh, has criticised the government and David Cameron over their handling of councils in a stinging comment piece he has written for a local democracy think talk (C’llr magazine June 2013).

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Guardian Housing Network: A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

Eight out of 10 councils expect their authorities to take a more proactive stance in relation to the private rented sector in future, according to research by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and the Electrical Safety Council, and nearly 95% think they have “an important role to play” in this sector.

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LGC: Separate voices are vital for services

I have just paid my annual subscription to the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) – 1% of my take home pay – so a review by a critical friend is in order, writes John Fowler.

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