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Explainer: children’s services and young people

This explainer gives you the full rundown on education and children’s services for new councillors or anyone needing a comprehensive overview of local authorities’ roles in this area.

England & Wales

Depopulation: Case studies and resources for local government

Curated case studies and news from around the globe highlighting some of the innovative ways municipalities facing depopulation are fighting back, plus the best and most practical reports on the topic. Examples this week come from Finland, Italy and Japan, plus research from Europe, Australia and the U.S.


Building stronger communities: Insights from Glen Eira’s CEO Rebecca McKenzie

In this interview, Rebecca McKenzie, CEO of Glen Eira City Council, reflects on her experience in local government. She discusses the importance of community engagement, managing relationships with elected councillors, and the essential role of values like respect, trust and public purpose in the local government sector.


International local government news 22.05.24

Here are the latest newsworthy and interesting stories from the local government sector that caught our attention. In this round-up of what’s happening right now in the world of local government, you’ll find best practices, inspiration, and more from across the sector.


Local authorities adapting to the new normal to improve food safety

This briefing emphasises the critical importance of food safety and the role of UK regulatory bodies and local authorities in up keeping public health measures. It discusses challenges such as funding, staffing, and adapting to new business models and inspection methods, highlighting the impact on food safety inspections and public health risks.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study

Housing and planning round-up May 2024

Finance is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round up, with backbench MPs warning pressures on councils and housing associations restricts the amount of social housing built in England. Other stories cover homelessness, Scotland’s housing emergency, care leavers, right to buy, compulsory purchase and public toilets.

England & Wales, Scotland