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Can data save the future of children?

In our most recent local government finance survey, children’s services eclipsed adult social care as councils’ biggest financial worry. The LGA estimates  that  there  will be  a £2bn funding gap by 2020. There are a record number of children in care, with an estimated 90 children being taken into care each day. Social workers are…

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Up close and personal: voter profiling via social media

Nobody will have failed to notice recent news coverage of the way in which social media may have influenced voters, but the different investigations and accusations can be confusing. This briefing aims to give an overview of the issues.

Scotland Briefing

LGiU Fortnightly 31st May: Helping kids by using tech, saving a giant shark & other stories

The Royal Wedding bells have now faded into the distance, but we can’t let it pass without telling the story from a local government perspective – you can’t spell love without local government, after all. We also bring you the highlights from our Digital in Children’s Services roundtable with TechUK, featuring a discussion of the…

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Members

Caught in the web: the perils and perks of the internet, a guide for local government

This briefing looks at some of the positive ways the internet has influenced local government and some of the ways in which it has a negative impact. It includes an overview of undesirable and criminal online behaviour and introduces some of the ways that regulation of internet safety is currently being discussed.

Ireland Briefing
Members

Caught in the web: the perils and perks of the internet, a guide for local politicians

This briefing looks at some of the positive ways the internet has influenced local government in the UK and some of the ways in which it has a negative impact. It includes an overview of undesirable and criminal online behaviour and introduces some of the ways that regulation of internet safety is currently being discussed.

Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Winners and losers in the local elections

Another year – and another set of local elections. Are the key messages a reflection of the performance of the parliamentary parties or a genuine reflection of local politics? What have we learned from this year’s set of elections? ..and the winner is…. This isn’t another story about how the Conservatives failed to fail as…

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Viewpoint: How data leadership can improve public services

Data has moved from a scarce resource to an abundant and ubiquitous asset. It’s easier than ever to collect and benefit from data. Edafe Onerhime from 360Giving explains how data leadership can help local government meet the needs of the people and communities they serve.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

One week to the locals

It’s just one week to go to the 2018 local elections and we’re super excited. There are a lot of exciting races next week as we’ve highlighted in our Ones to Watch guide.  As usual, we’ll be covering the local elections results overnight via our live blog and until the last result is in and…

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Exploring the impact of data and digital on the local provision of public services

Ritchie Somerville, Programme Advisor of the Data Driven Innovation Programme at the University of Edinburgh writes about the challenges and opportunities of digital for the local provision of public services. Thoughts on five themes I am making a distinction here between data and digital here. For me digital has become a very broad term, relating to the…

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Reflections from the April 2018 AILG Training Conference

At the end of last week the Association of Irish Local Government held their Annual Training Conference in Dungarvan, Waterford. LGiU Ireland’s Hannah Muirhead was in attendance and here she reflects on the experience and shares some of the key points that were made by speakers during the course of the event. On the first…

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