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Schools White Paper: Governing school governance

A Schools White Paper is confirmed for 2022 and is likely to signal significant structural changes for the local government role in education and children’s services. This blog addresses what impact this might have on school governance.

England & Wales Blog Post

Moray welcomes Afghan refugees

Moray Council in Scotland has agreed to the settlement of 20 Afghan refugees, Cllr Theresa Coull writes that as a council and a community the best thing you can do is be friendly and supportive whilst they settle into a new environment.

Scotland Blog Post

Let’s ground levelling up

What’s in a name? There was widespread surprise and some anger in local government to find itself dropped from the title of the newly renamed Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

England & Wales Blog Post

Beyond efficiency in net zero housing: how councils can reduce embodied carbon

With the construction industry representing 38% of global emissions, change for the sector is a huge priority – and one local government will have a hand in achieving. Improving energy efficiency in homes is of great importance, but continuing to neglect embodied carbon would be a mistake.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

How Toronto’s Newcomer Office is helping resettle refugees

Vera Dodic, manager of Toronto’s Newcomer Office, explains how their coordinating role between the City of Toronto and public and private partners is making the transition to a new life in Canada’s largest city easier for people who’ve had their whole lives turned upside down.

Global Blog Post

All resettlement is local: refugee policy developed where it delivers

Despite international discussions of hosting refugees being at national level, the burden falls at the local level. While local government ought to have a larger voice in immigration policy, many municipalities globally have found innovative ways to support refugees and create localised immigration policies.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland Blog Post

A reset for levelling up

Levelling up has been this government’s signature policy. It has been emphasised repeatedly by the Prime Minister and in ministerial speeches across government. It is central to the government’s mission but its exact meaning has remained unclear. Is that about to change?

England & Wales Blog Post

Uniting local government and farmer voices at COP26

Resilient food systems that address food security, health and sustainability are an essential part of a climate change agenda and local government is at the heart of it.  Nourish Scotland is working with local governments to support sustainable food systems.

Global, Scotland Blog Post