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Think big, think local: four efforts to renew local democracy

Joe Mitchell is a long-time friend of LGIU’s through several years of work on the local elections in his former role at Democracy Club. Joe is now freelance and still working on democratic renewal. We asked him to summarise some of his latest thoughts for Local Democracy Week alongside our long read on keeping elections…

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Raising new monuments: London’s first Black mayor John Archer

As we open Black History month, Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia writes about the launch of a new campaign by the council and the community to raise a monument to John Archer, the first black mayor in London.

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Local government driving social mobility

Alexandra Sufit from the Social Mobility Commission is calling on local government to share our stories of supporting opportunity and social mobility through employment and work with partners.

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LGIU Book Club: Municipal Dreams

At our 2nd Local Government Book Club, we’ll discuss John Boughton’s Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing. This member-only event is an opportunity to discuss a book of local government interest in a friendly and informal online session and to share experience and practice.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

Could a regional immigration system be used to address labour shortages in rural areas?

A new points based immigration is coming to the UK soon. What effect will that have on labour shortages in critical service areas like care or tourism outside of major cities? Could a New Zealand-style system be part of the answer? Cameron Boyle from the Immigration Advice Service explores the issues.

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LGIU Fortnightly: Work and play

This time Jen Glover and Ingrid Koehler discuss the future of work and play in a Post-Covid world. As we wrap up our summer holidays (in whatever form they may have taken), we spoke to Cllr Robert Francis-Davies from the City and County of Swansea about tourism emerging from lockdown. And, as we start thinking…

England & Wales, Global Podcast

Back to school during Covid-19

As Scottish and Irish schools are consolidating lessons from returning to in-person teaching during a pandemic and English schools prepare to go back, Beth Lerner, an educator in the state school system in Tennessee, shares her experience of teaching in a country with rising Covid-19 cases – both as parent and teacher.

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Handling the holidaymakers in Wales: where to stay and who’s to pay?

LGIU’s Ingrid Koehler took a recent trip to Wales which raised questions about who is really paying the price of coronavirus tourism and whether councils have the flexible fiscal instruments they need to support locals and visitors alike.

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Local government book club

LGIU members can join us for a new book club. We’ll be reading the non-fiction books that are making waves and look at how they matter to local government.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

LGIU Fortnightly 22 July: Countering misinformation

Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid Koehler catch you up on the latest developments at LGIU. Plus, there is a new interview with Danil Mikhailov, an expert on misinformation who talks about the prevalence of misinformation in our communities, democracy and public health conversations and what councils can do about it. We also hear a snippet from…

England & Wales, Scotland Podcast