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Planning to exclude councils

The Government’s consultation on planning system reform has already attracted much criticism. And rightly so, writes Jonathan Carr-West, as it attempts to bypass councils and local communities.

England & Wales Blog Post

LGIU Fortnightly 6 August: Food security and access

Ingrid Koehler and Jennifer Glover present our latest episode of LGIU Fortnightly, this week covering food security and access during the pandemic. We hear from Naomi Phillips of British Red Cross about their new report looking into the UK’s emergency response to food insecurity during the Covid-19 crisis, as well as Jane Corbett, Assistant Mayor…

England & Wales Podcast

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

Dig in: the importance of gardens in times of crisis

Green space has always been a valuable commodity, especially for those in urban areas. However, amid the Covid-19 crisis, the privilege of access to such spaces has been thrown into especially sharp relief. As we look beyond the crisis, can urban gardens be an important tool for health and resilience?

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Bolstering democracy in the Covid-19 era

Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, writes on how councils in the UK might alter their electoral systems for a post-Covid world, in order for local elections to be safe and accessible to all.

England & Wales 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

Face facts

A new report provides the first tally of minority ethnic councillors in the UK. It is important we carry on counting so that we can monitor progress, writes Jane Sankarayya. Lack of access to local government by any part of a community has serious implications for exacerbating current inequality and disadvantage.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

More than pounds and pence – a national framework for valuing Scotland’s land

Recent guidance published by the Scottish Land Commission places wellbeing at the core of business cases for developing vacant or derelict land. Kathie Pollard of the Scottish Land Commission makes the case for why opportunities to bring sites into productive use need to be looked at in broader economic, social, and environmental senses.

Scotland Blog Post