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Unlocking community spending power with the ‘Scotland Loves Local’ gift card

Launched in 2020, the Scotland Loves Local campaign has encouraged people to support their local town centres out of loyalty and community solidarity. Phil Prentice, Chief Officer at Scotland’s Towns Partnership, tells us about the latest initiative: a government-funded ‘Scotland Loves Local’ gift card.

Scotland Blog Post

Election eve: how does the BBC cover the locals?

In this podcast, Jonathan Carr-West interviews the BBC’s Tim Burke – the man who covers elections – about how the locals will be covered and what people think about them. Jonathan and Ingrid also address the election essentials and highlight the support LGIU will be giving to new councillors post election.

England & Wales Podcast

Who runs the councils in No Overall Control?

Which councils are in ‘No Overall Control’ as we head into the May local elections?  What does NOC mean and what does that mean in terms of practical governance?

England & Wales Blog Post

Are we looking locally?

Once again the local elections are being viewed as a national opinion poll by many, writes Janet Sillett. But while Covid, its impact and the recovery are the dominant themes across all tiers of government, the importance of local solutions must not be ignored.

England & Wales Blog Post

Local elections by the numbers

Democracy Club lays out the numbers for this years local elections, candidates, parties and places with 5000 new councillors to be elected on 6 May.

England & Wales

LGIU Fortnightly: Making a safe election

Local elections are only a bit over a week away. Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid Koehler talk to Kate Grigg of CfGS about combined authority mayors and what she’s expecting from her very first stint volunteering at the polls and Peter Stanyon, Chief Exec of AEA about how this elections are different this year, how they’re…

England & Wales Podcast

Party on: administering this most complicated set of elections

Peter Stanyon, Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, tells us how elections will be different this year, all the ways they’ll be the same and why they’re really like a well-organised party.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Combined authorities and the role of a combined authority mayor

This May millions of people will have a chance to choose a new combined authority mayor for their area. Since Greater Manchester became the first combined authority in back in 2011 more have steadily been established across the country. A decade on and we now have ten combined authorities – but what exactly are they?…

England & Wales Blog Post

Understanding Dad during the pandemic and beyond

Fathers Network Scotland recently released the results of their 2021 Dads’ Survey, which explores how fathers and families have been impacted by the pandemic. The overwhelming feedback this year shows that dads have felt the strain of being pulled in all directions.

England & Wales, Scotland