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How can Local Authorities Help to Protect Community Pubs?

Pubs are a valuable and irreplaceable part of the social fabric and bring an immense amount of social value to communities.  But in the face of an uncertain future this LGiU project, in association with CAMRA, was set up to develop practical tools that could help unlock the social and community value of pubs. High rents, rising…

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Tenant engagement in social and council housing

In partnership with Mears this LGiU project investigated how social landlords engage with their tenants. Recent changes to the welfare system are having a massive impact on the relationship between residents, local authorities, and housing associations. In addition to this there are significant long-term problems, including a rapidly ageing population and climate change, which cannot be solved…

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Councils and the private rented sector

The number of people living in the private rented sector is rising. The 2011 census, published by the Office for National Statistics, shows the number of private renters in England and Wales has jumped from 1.9 million in 2001 to 3.6 million in 2011 – an increase of 88 per cent. Furthermore, this figure is…

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The future direction of the Local Government Ombudsman

The LGiU undertook a consultation of local government on behalf of the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO). The LGO covers a wide range of services including: housing, planning, social care, housing benefit, transport and highways, environment and waste and council tax. In 2011/12, they received over 20,000 complaints and enquiries. The Ombudsman was then developing the future strategy…

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Local Government Flood Forum

The Local Government Flood Forum is the independent voice of local government on flooding matters that gives local councils a strong voice and a fair deal.

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RainGain

The RainGain project is a joint UK, French, Belgian and Dutch project to improve fine-scale measurement and prediction of rainfall and to enhance urban pluvial flood modelling and prediction.

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Outcome-based commissioning in domiciliary care

Many councils are grappling with how to ensure their services promote better outcomes for their local communities, and nowhere is this more true than adult social care. Although outcomes are generally acknowledged to be the future of commissioning (recent LGiU research showed that over 90% of councils regard outcome-based commissioning as ‘important’ or ‘very important’ in…

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Public notices: the case for radical reform

Can we improve the way we distribute public notices? Take part in the survey for this project: LGiUsurveys/publicnotices It has been estimated to cost local authorities £67.85m every year to have statutory notices published in local newspapers. This seems a large spend under today’s current local media landscape in which readership of local newspapers is…

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