Essential guide to Local Election Communications 2023
This guide is focussed on some easy steps to make election communications better so that local people know where to vote, who they can vote for and how much their vote mattered in the final outcome.
Voter ID and the question of trust
In this think piece, Dr. Greg Stride from LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre asks whether the implementation of voter ID in UK elections will resolve the increasing worry surrounding lost trust in elections and democracy as a whole.
SA councils told to open up more land for housing
Australia Daily News – plus a new briefing on target-based planning and the implications for local planning and urban design.
Cabinet agrees to ‘safety net’ for renters amid looming eviction ban
Ireland Daily News – plus how you can be an effective manager.
Plans for schools to provide guaranteed hours in classrooms
Scotland Daily News – plus a new briefing looking at living standards outlook and poverty in the UK.
Greater Manchester leaders sign new devolution deal
England & Wales Daily News – plus a new briefing looking at the living standards outlook and poverty in the UK.
Digital poverty and rural broadband
In this week’s Global Local, we’re taking a look at digital poverty and exclusion and what can be done to help people get better digital access and skills.
Fibre force: how councils bring faster broadband to rural areas
This blog details the experiences of four councils to set up Connecting Devon and Somerset, a public body designed to help local areas with slow broadband. We chatted to members of Devon County Council on the challenges they faced in bringing fast broadband to the remote tourist town of Clovelly.
Target-based planning: implications for local planning and urban design
This briefing explores target-based planning, particularly focusing on New South Wales, and the opportunities and challenges it can bring to placemaking and public administration.
In Conversation with Councillor Steven Heddle, Vice President of COSLA
As part of LGIU’s series on local government leadership, Vice President of COSLA, Cllr Steven Heddle, tell us about his local government experience and how COSLA and the sector are navigating the challenges and opportunities of local government in 2023.