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Our team of local government researchers work with our members, key sector stakeholders and community members to find areas of opportunity, get underneath problems, celebrate local government and highlight interesting practice. As a registered LGIU Member or Follower you can stay updated on workstreams that interest you. Are you interested in working with us?

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Local governance and flooding

Flooding is often unpredictable and always difficult to manage. Yet it is far more challenging when the systems we have in place to deal with flooding are fragmented, with the only coordination coming from centralised bodies of experts. Local knowledge is ignored too often and local people are rarely engaged in the issues. This LGiU project…

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Children’s services – Commissioning Taskforce

In association with the Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG), LGiU coordinated a Commissioning Task force to tackle some of the key challenges to commissioning for fostering, residential care, and special educational needs. A series of interviews with commissioners in innovative councils, and regional workshops in Manchester, York, and London contributed to the findings. The task…

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LGiU and CITB: National series of Construction Summits

LGiU and CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction sector, hosted a national series of construction summits in ten different LEP (Local Enterprise Partnerships) regions across the country throughout 2014. The summits brought together council representatives, local construction firms and training providers to look at the role of the construction industry in the…

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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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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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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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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…

England & Wales