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All the latest news, views and analysis on LGC campaigns including election countdown, Recycling United, LGC Localist Manifesto and Untie the Ropes


Will the Tory strongholds stand the strain? Subscription Required

11 April 2013 | By Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher

Leading psephologists Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher analyse the field of battle ahead of next month’s local elections

LGC View - Local elections Subscription Required

11 April 2013 | By

These elections are about finding the best people to take decisions about the issues closest to people’s lives. That message in not widely enough understood

LGC View - Local elections Subscription Required

1 March 2012 | By Dan Drillsma-Milgrom

Now the bar has been set for Labour in this year’s vote - 500 seats should be the least of their expectations. Failure to achieve that will represent another seriously poor showing at the polls

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Councils call for new funding tools Subscription Required

16-Sep-2010 | By James Illman

Councils call for fresh range of funding options to fund the £250bn worth of national infrastructure needed by 2020

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High-rise recycling success Subscription Required

25 February 2010 | By Mark Smulian

Councils could increase recycling rates if they put more focus on high-rise and multi-occupancy homes

It's quality that makes a difference Subscription Required

25 February 2010

The Chinese paper and plastics industries are increasingly looking to buy higher-quality recycling materials from UK local authorities

Recycling campaign ends Subscription Required

25 February 2010 | By

Persuading residents to help councils improve the quality and quantity of recyclable materials will be a lengthy but vital task

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Miliband - regrets Lyons inaction Subscription Required

8-Jul-2010 | By Jim Dunton

Labour leadership candidate David Miliband has spoken of his regret that the Lyons Review of local government  was allowed to “run into the sand”

Greg Clark handed localism brief Subscription Required

13-May-2010 | By Allister Hayman

Grant Shapps is the new housing minister and Greg Clark has been appointed “decentralisation” minister

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Decentralise to unleash a revolution Subscription Required


The leaders of Westminster City Council and Hammersmith & Fulham and Wandsworth LBCs unveiled a ‘Magna Carta’ for localism in a policy document with the Centre for Policy Studies. Wandsworth leader Edward Lister explains why.

The LGC Localist Manifesto 2010 is here Subscription Required

14 January 2010 | By

After 12 weeks of consultation, feedback and voting, the LGC Localist Manifesto 2010 is here - including five pledges we are asking the political parties to include in their election manifestos

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