Catalysing Food-Innovation for the State: WA local government success

Western Australian council the Shire of Murray and its Shire President Councillor David Bolt have been acknowledged as part of LGIU’s international showcase of excellent local government practice for leading a project that is catalysing the state’s progression into food innovation. Here’s how they did it.

Australia Blog Post

LGIU Fortnightly 11 December: Leaders of the Year

In this week’s episode of LGIU Fortnightly, Ingrid Koehler speaks to two of our Cllr Award winners, Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby District Council and Cllr Jenny Laing, Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council, as well as Cllr Bridget Smith, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, who was highly commended at this year’s Awards.  …

England & Wales, Scotland Podcast

Town and community hubs

Councillor Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, explains the Council’s approach to town and community hubs –  schools that are built together with other facilities to serve the whole community, with services of the council and other partners co-located within them.

Global, Scotland Blog Post

Looking ahead with hope…

“The Government’s decision to ease coronavirus restrictions over Christmas reminds us that although policy may aspire to be rational and evidence-driven, it is always subordinate to politics and politics is human,” writes Jonathan Carr-West in his column for the Municipal Journal.

England & Wales Blog Post

Embracing winter: learning from international experiences

Our parks, public gardens, and town squares are designed primarily for enjoyment in spring, summer and autumn. But as the Covid-19 pandemic is set to continue throughout the cold season, how can we learn from countries used to spending time outside in winter?

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

Make love not war… please, give the planet a chance

In advance of our upcoming bundle this Friday (11 December) marking the anniversary of the Paris Agreement, Kim Fellows writes personally on the prospects of climate conflict, inequality, and whether we might still be hopeful for a green recovery.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post

For the Common Good

The Scottish Land Commission recently released a Protocol on Common Good Land, setting out clear expectations and behaviours for local authorities in managing Common Good land and buildings in line with their statutory duties – a big help for those struggling with clarity on this sometimes-complex issue. In this blog, they tell us more.

Scotland Blog Post

High stakes: getting the Covid-19 messaging right

Political tensions have arisen over attempts to manage the second wave, accompanied by – or perhaps resulting from – narratives of blame and punishment. In this blog, Janet Sillett, Head of Briefings at LGIU, makes the case for the importance of messaging.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Local government in 2021

Every year, at about this time, various media outlets make a stab at predicting how next year will develop. One of the first out and most widely read is The Economist’s ‘World in 2021’, where the editor has identified 10 key themes for the year. How are these predictions relevant to local government?

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post