Last month’s top ten most popular articles – and a call for more local gov stories


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At LGIU we regularly publish articles from our readers (and from our staff), sharing opinion and experience.  This is a great way to share your viewpoints and learning with local government colleagues and those who work with local gov around the world. In August we published a wide array of really interesting perspectives on local government, highlighting everything from heritage-led regeneration to top-team relationship dynamics and a lot more.

Our top ten articles last month:

  1. Councils on notice: does a section 114 mean bankruptcy for local government?
  2. Interview with Oxfordshire County Council: pioneers in local climate action
  3. “Local government is the best job that you can have” – Jane Stroud, CEO of Kiama Municipal Council
  4. Craig Swift-McNair, GM of Woollahra Municipal Council – “there is no more complex business than a Council”
  5. “We are not known for being conformist down here in Cork” – Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council
  6. What if people really participated in local democracy?
  7. What is Northern Ireland’s system of local government?
  8. Green, amber or red? Scotland’s central and local government relations
  9. New connections for broadband affordability in South London
  10. Could electronic voting drive more effective participation?

Share your ideas:

We’re always looking for new ideas! So, if you have an area you’d like us to cover in an article or member-only policy briefing, let us know.

Write an article

Even better, we’d love to get an article directly from you. Our simple, practical guidelines are here, but we’re happy to work with you to get an article publication ready.

Reach local government colleagues around the world

Our Global Local bulletin highlights local solutions to global challenges, with a different theme each week offering critical insights, policy suggestions and case studies. We love hearing what our readers are up to, and the successes and challenges they’ve experienced in policy or projects.

So we’re looking for your insights on our upcoming editions. If you can tell us about any of these topics, please get in touch and we can help you craft an effective case study.

Traveller communities

We’re looking for case studies on local government proactively responding to the needs of traveller communities. Any best practice examples would be great, or something reflective about how relations have progressed and what local government can do to help move things in the right direction.

Intergenerational care and community

Intergenerational care services usually revolve around children visiting older people in care settings to socialise and participate in activities together. These intergenerational services are designed to enhance the quality of life for residents in care homes, while also providing formative benefits for children. We are looking for examples of successful intergenerational care programmes or intergenerational community spaces and the benefits they can provide for emotional support, personal growth, physical and mental activity, child development and community resilience.

Obesity policy

We want to look at how local government are tackling obesity rates in the communities. How have the approaches developed and what are the main contributing factors and the flagship policy approaches currently being used by local government? If intervention is not working, why not? What do you think needs to change?


We’re interested in exploring the value of markets in local communities, particularly in the UK but we’re also interested in showcasing more global perspectives and experiences. How are local markets surviving post-covid and in the era of online shopping? Do you have a best practice example of innovation to share with us? Or have you seen firsthand some of the positive benefits that can come with markets, like local entrepreneurship and improving cultural awareness?

Coastal communities

We’re spotlighting the uniqueness of living in coastal communities and looking for firsthand perspectives from local government in these types of geographies. From planning issues with beach houses to dealing with climate migration and adaption costs, we’re interested in all aspects of coastal living and local governance, so if you’ve got a project or story to tell that is specific to tackling the needs of a coastal community, we want to hear it!

Livelihoods of care experienced children

How does being care experienced in childhood impact your future? This is the question we want to dive into in this upcoming edition. We want to spotlight best practice examples of how local government are intervening to improve the livelihoods of care experienced children so they have brighter futures. Are you working in this space? Let us know.

Your experiences welcome!

We’re always eager to hear from our local government colleagues on anything you’re doing or ideas you’d like us to cover. Let us know!


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