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Deferred Mayoral Elections

May 7th would have been the day that several English city-regions voted for a mayor; a choice that would have been based on both promises of candidates’ actions in office and a judgement of the incumbent mayor’s record in office – which would have been a milestone for a new model of governance in the…

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

With no elections what are electoral workers doing now?

With all polls currently postponed until 6 May 2021, just what are electoral administrators up to during this pandemic? Peter Stanyon, Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, tells what they’re doing now and what they need to do to prepare for the next set of elections.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

Reminders from VE Day

The Improvement Service’s Alison Clark-Dick blogs about how celebrating VE Day is a reminder that we can save the generation who secured a future for us

Scotland Blog Post

Impact of Covid-19 on Children and Young people: The response starts locally

The Improvement Service have just published a report on the impacts of Covid-19 on children and young people. Rebecca Spillane, National Co-ordinator of Local Child Poverty Action Reports at IS, introduces this report and confirms local authorities need to be at the heart of the response.

Scotland Blog Post

Covid-19: Greece is the word, is it a miracle?

Despite difficulties in conducting comparative analyses between governments’ Covid-19 responses, it has been widely agreed that the Greek Government has been successful in coping with the pandemic and this blog will discuss what was done to allow for the end of lockdown on 4 May.

Global Blog Post

LGIU Fortnightly 2 May: Looking back, looking ahead

This week we take a look across our Covid-19 support for local government and hear from councils in Cork and Cambridge about how services as diverse as urban forestry and libraries are adapting to lockdown and making new connections with citizens.

England & Wales, Global Podcast

Covid-19: On the ground with a small charity

Earlier this week we published a briefing on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on smaller charities. Julia Clark, Director of Engagement at the Encephalitis Society got in touch to give us first hand account of the situation for one small charity.

England & Wales Blog Post

Fly-tipping during a pandemic

Fly-tipping has become a prominent issue under lockdown, worsened by reduced waste disposal services. Paul Wallace from Keep Scotland Beautiful writes on the issue, with advice for local authorities.

Scotland Blog Post

Covid-19: What next for the new normal?

How is it that we will begin to emerge from weeks of lockdown? There is no tried and tested method but trust and transparency in how decisions are made and acted upon are key to their success, writes Janet Sillett.

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