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Podcast: What’s new at LGIU – 29 February 2024

LGIU’s big story this week is the results of their 2024 State of Local Government Finance survey in England, with Dr Greg Stride from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre joining the podcast to discuss the surprising results and the wider response, as well as playing a game called ‘six degrees of local government’.

Global

Funding street trees: collaborative project to green up neighbourhoods

UK-wide project Trees for Streets is encouraging community-led street planting through a sponsorship scheme. This article highlights the national, local and individual need and want for more tree planting in England and explains how the charity works with local councils and their communities to get the best outcome for all.

England & Wales

Rewilding: Case studies and resources for local government

Every week, we highlight inspiration and innovation from local government worldwide. In this article, we focus on we can rewild our local areas – from cities to wilderness. You’ll find best practice from Spain, Singapore, Australia and the UK along with plenty of practical policy and resources to for more insight and guidance on the…

Global

Following the money: Who is watching local government in England?

In this article, Dr Ben Worthy, lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck, examines the findings from his recent research paper on (the lack of) oversight and audit in English local government finances, and makes suggestions for how the system should be improved.

England & Wales

Closing the loop on Community Wealth Building

Community Wealth Building is emerging as a new economic development model in Scotland. In this article, Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, outlines how this shift must integrate circular economy principles to allow communities to navigate the climate and biodiversity crisis, thus fostering thriving communities within the planet’s limits.

Scotland

The 21st Century Councillor in Irish Local Government – AILG 2024 Conference

In this short article, LGIU’s Head of International Operations, Hannah Muirhead, shares some key highlights from the 2024 Association of Irish Local Government annual training conference. The event focused on the 21st Century Councillor in Irish Local Government and delved into some key developments in Irish local government in the year of local elections.

Ireland, Northern Ireland