LGiU

  • A whole lot of papers

    13 December 2021

    December has been a tale of two White Papers. The one that is and the one that is yet to be, writes Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Halting a rise in hatred

    01 December 2021

    What can be done to deter incidents of abuse and harassment of local politicians, and to sanction those responsible? Ann McGauran reports.


  • Making the right connections

    09 November 2021

    COP26 has raised awareness of the actions climate change requires. Dr Jonathan Carr-West argues that councils are ideally placed to act as a connection between individuals and the state to make transitions accessible to communities.


  • Gove in major review of new department

    25 October 2021

    A wide-scale review of every single programme is underway at the new Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), The MJ understands.


  • Sector ‘right to be concerned’ about levelling up

    21 October 2021

    Local government should be wary of the contents of the levelling up White Paper, a think-tank has warned.


  • Let’s ground levelling up

    05 October 2021

    The LGiU has set out the six core principles that must inform the approach to levelling up from now on. Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains.


  • Councils must be at heart of levelling up, report argues

    04 October 2021

    Councils must be at the heart of the Government’s levelling up agenda, a new report has argued today.


  • It’s not all about the money

    26 July 2021

    It is dangerous if we let the discussion about the reform of social care become exclusively about funding, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Section 114 chief: We will not be the last

    06 July 2021

    Slough Council’s chief executive this week urged other sector bosses to ‘trust your intuition’ to avoid their local authority following in her Section 114 footsteps.


  • Getting on with it

    29 June 2021

    Sarah Longlands has returned to CLES – the Centre for Local Economic Strategies – as chief executive. She’s scathing about the Government’s approach to levelling up and believes it’s time for local places to seize control of their own destinies. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Place is the crucial lens

    23 June 2021

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at how we might make levelling up and devolution work together.


  • LGiU report calls for a local government-led Building Back Better commission

    16 June 2021

    A local government-led Building Back Better commission should be part of a new place settlement after the pandemic, a new report from the LGiU think-tank has urged.


  • Government warned of 'soaring summer of homelessness'

    15 June 2021

    The Government will fail to fulfil its manifesto commitment of ending rough sleeping for good by 2024 without a cross-Whitehall strategy for reducing homelessness, it has been warned.


  • Local elections 2021: Look behind the big story

    11 May 2021

    A closer look at the Super Thursday outcomes reveals a series of more complex stories, and suggests a centrally-driven levelling up agenda would be an error, says Jonathan Carr West.


  • Coming up for air – what councils need to think about

    17 March 2021

    John Fowler looks at the range of ways in which councils can help children and young people recover from the impact of the pandemic.


  • Pandemic forces finance reform rethink

    16 March 2021

    Whitehall plans for local government finance reform were thrown into doubt this week after civil servants indicated the pandemic would force them to rethink.


  • Unfinished business

    09 March 2021

    The vision in Budget 2021 focused on a global, green, high tech economy, ‘but there was no sign of local government, local public services or local institutions of any sort’, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Electoral workers should get the jab

    09 March 2021

    Vaccination would vastly increase the safety and confidence of poll workers and reduce the likelihood of local elections becoming super-spreader events, argues Ingrid Koehler.


  • The problem with polls

    17 February 2021

    Local government has finally learned that two years’ worth of elections will take place on ‘Super Thursday’ 6 May, with a ‘high bar’ for any delay. Martin Ford talks to the sector about the challenges ahead.


  • Will May be a missed chance?

    02 February 2021

    The Prime Minister wants the elections to go ahead. But Dr Jonathan Carr-West says that whether a U-turn ‘has already happened or is still to come, we have missed an opportunity to make an early and clear decision’.