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LGIU Fortnightly: County devolution and Buckinghamshire leader Martin Tett

In this episode, Ingrid Koehler speaks with Cllr Martin Tett, leader of the new unitary Buckinghamshire Council, about the process of local government reorganisation and leading a newly-formed council through the pandemic. Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid also discuss the latest LGIU and local government news as well as local government portmanteaus and neologisms.

England & Wales, Global Podcast

Floodable parks as a tool for local flood resilience

As the likelihood of both coastal and rainwater flooding increases with climate change and rapid urbanisation, floodable parks and other innovative sustainable urban drainage solutions provide one answer for local resilience.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

Climate friendly Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Council’s proactive approach to climate-friendliness has resulted in a 27% carbon emission reduction over the past 5 years. In this blog, Councillor Robin Currie, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, tells us more about the measures taken to achieve their ambitious targets.

Scotland Blog Post

Fit for the future

This blog provides information on LGIU’s new Future of Local Government Review – a survey designed to understand the sector’s needs moving forward – and highlights how you can take part.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

A new settlement and new research centre

Dr Andrew Walker and Ingrid Koehler look at wellbeing and place and discuss the launch of LGIU’s new research centre bridging academic rigour and practical local government experience. Features highlights from the launch of the centre.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Podcast

Municipal responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in Canada

Dr Aaron Moore, associate professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg, gives us an account of Canada’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Local and regional governments played a decisive role in many areas, with innovation and community initiatives spearheaded by municipal authorities. The course of the crisis has also highlighted some serious…

Global Blog Post

Greener towns focus for new strategic partnership

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Green Action Trust, introduces the new strategic partnership between the Green Action Trust and Scotland’s Towns Partnership which is set to boost environmental outcomes in towns the length and breadth of Scotland.

Scotland Blog Post

North Kelvin Meadow: insights into community empowerment in action

North Kelvin Meadow, an ex-football pitch where development was stopped by Glasgow City Council, now hosts an urban wild land run by a community group. The space – which includes allotments, an orchard, and play areas – has a positive and far-reaching impact on an area of Glasgow.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Letting the grass grow!

Anna Perks, Biodiversity Officer at Falkirk Council, blogs for us on Falkirk’s new approach to managing public greenspaces to tackle climate change, improve biodiversity, and balance competing demands.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post