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Community Collaboration

LGiU is working in partnership with Local Trust to explore how councillors can actively support communities to lead their own projects by facilitating conversations, using their network and influence, and advocating within their local authority.

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Crowdfunding for local authorities

LGiU, in partnership with Spacehive, has produced a practical guide to crowdfunding for local authorities.

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Network on the Future of Local Democracy

The final report of the Local Democracy Commission will be published in the next few weeks, with some radical recommendations that call on government to make significant changes. How can local government make the most of the current situation and build a collective case for meaningful change in how England is governed? LGiU is working…

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Councillors’ Attitudes to the Planning System

Ward councillors provide an essential link between communities and the council, particularly with regard to decisions around planning. But their voice does not receive the attention that it needs in national debates about housing and planning policy. In partnership with the National Trust, from August to October 2016 LGiU surveyed all ward councillors across England…

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Unlocking Small Sites for Housing

To build the houses we need in the future we can not rely exclusively on finding large sites and large volume developers to build on them. Instead we must look to smaller sites to help provide the scale of development we need, and a range of small and medium size enterprise (SME) builders with the capacity…

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Commission on Women in Local Government

In 2016/17, LGiU worked in partnership with the Fawcett Society on a year-long Commission on Women in Local Government. The Commission was jointly chaired by Labour’s Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Conservative councillor Cllr Gillian Keegan, Director of Women2Win (now Gillian Keegan MP). Funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Commission adopted a strategic approach and…

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LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards 2016

LGiU’s annual C’llr Achievement Awards is back again for the seventh year, and it is set to be the biggest year yet. Taking place against the beautiful backdrop of the Guildhall’s Livery Hall, we will again welcome councillors from across the UK to celebrate their achievements and to network with others in similar roles.

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Party Conferences 2016

LGiU will be heading to Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this autumn. This page lists our planned events and collates our commentary.

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Smarter Cities: Digital and Data roundtables with Vodafone

LGiU is working with Vodafone to convene a series of regional roundtables. Councils need to be bold in delivering efficiencies and innovation to services. It is clear that data and technology will play a crucial role in the quest to deliver better services for less. The discussions focus on areas of local/regional interest but are broadly…

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