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LGIU Fortnightly: The multi-democratic council

This edition looks at ways that local government can blend representative and participative democracy. Interviews with Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council Tom Hayes and LGIU Associate Kerry Ferguson, with a sneak peak at local elections offerings.

England & Wales Podcast

LGIU Fortnightly 2 March: Still unfinished business

The Covid-19 pandemic has been so profound that it can be easy to forget that local government was in crisis long before coronavirus. Partly as a result of a decade of relentless funding cuts, but also because of an absence of strategic direction in nearly all of the areas most important to councils. Hear from…

England & Wales Podcast

Engaging children in placemaking

How can we engage children in placemaking? Alex Robinson from New Union describes a fun activity for civic-minded primary school kids and tells us about a  placemaking policy hack-a-thon for the grown ups, too.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

LGIU Fortnightly 24 January: Running an election during a pandemic

In this episode focusing on the local elections planned for May, Ingrid Koehler interviews Professor of Politics, Toby James, on the global lessons of running an election in a pandemic. Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid also discuss new LGIU research on going to the polls in May.

England & Wales Podcast

We cannot further delay decisions on elections

We must have clarity now on the elections scheduled for May 2021. We have already missed opportunities to fund and prepare for covid-safe elections. Dithering damages democracy.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

LGIU Fortnightly 11 December: Leaders of the Year

In this week’s episode of LGIU Fortnightly, Ingrid Koehler speaks to two of our Cllr Award winners, Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby District Council and Cllr Jenny Laing, Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council, as well as Cllr Bridget Smith, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, who was highly commended at this year’s Awards.  …

England & Wales, Scotland Podcast

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