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We believe local government can excel at squeezing value out of what it owns – whether that’s the council HQ, a local museum or something out of the ordinary. This summer we want to celebrate local government and the spaces it’s responsible for. You’ve got until 31st August to tweet, email or otherwise send us…

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This page is an evolving resource collating useful material on devolution from the LGiU and beyond.

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Technology and transformation

With huge cuts to budgets still looming on the horizon for local authorities, the need for efficiency and innovation has never been greater. Technology can play a transformative role in this story. The LGiU is working with HP to explore how new technologies can shape the future of health and social care.

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21st Century Resilience

The latest LGiU policy paper on 21st Century Resilience, Resilience in practice,  looks at what councils can do to build resilient places, drawing together institutions, communities and citizens. Some areas cope better with acute crises and natural disasters, as well as long-term stresses and strains. We often refer to these areas as resilient. We talk about…

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Local Elections 2015

As well as this year's General Election, many authorities will also have local elections taking place. As usual we'll be running our 'count correspondence', with a live on-the-ground feed from around the country.

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Social care provider failure guidance

If care providers fail, councils are responsible for ensuring that there is continuity of care. We're working with ADASS and the Department of Health, alongside practitioners, providers and service user representatives to design guidance and a toolkit to help councils develop contingency plans.

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General Election 2015

Wondering what support we'll be offering members during the run-up to the 2015 General Election? Find out here.

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Getting councils building

Councils across the country are taking active, innovative approaches to help address the UK's housing shortage. But there is more to be done and significant challenges in many areas.

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The use of evidence in local government

We are taking a look at how evidence is used in local government. How are interventions chosen, assessed and adapted? How should evidence be used in policy formation? Can the demand for evidence be used as a barrier to change and innovation?

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Councils and community sport

We believe that community sport offers an excellent vehicle for councils to achieve key aims, like improved public health but also as a way to build better networks, achieve stronger more resilient communities and develop an array of opportunities that support children, women, older people, disabled people and BME communities access wider community assets and…

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