Covid has ripped through some of the poorest places in the UK. Given the opportunity and resources councils can be powerful agents in building back fairer, more sustainable local communities and economies across the country, writes Councillor Eleanor Southwood of Brent Council.
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Ella Henry writes for us about the uncertainty and disruption that the past year has brought to the lives of young people – there are worries for the future of course, but also some optimism and a real desire among the Gen-Zs to drive change.
As part of our week of reflection, we’d like to celebrate public spaces and the role they’ve played in our lives during the past year. Find out what parks have meant to LGIU’s Ingrid Koehler and find out how to share your images.
Fingal County Council’s ‘Shop Local’: Chambers Ireland’s Supporting Sustainable Communities award winner
Responding to the pandemic, Fingal County Council launched an initiative helping local businesses to get to grips with telephone and online business and encouraging people to shop local, winning them the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020 award for Supporting Sustainable Communities.
In a piece originally published in the Municipal Journal, LGIU’s Ingrid Koehler argues for the vaccination of poll workers organising and volunteering at May’s local elections.
“Adult social care has been ‘unfinished business’ for what now seems forever”, writes LGIU’s head of briefings, Janet Sillett. This blog addresses the chronic problems that undermine adult social care and discusses how the pandemic represents a pivotal moment for reform.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been so profound that it can be easy to forget that local government was in crisis long before coronavirus. Partly as a result of a decade of relentless funding cuts, but also because of an absence of strategic direction in nearly all of the areas most important to councils. Hear from…
Hannah Bithell, joint winner of the Covid-19 Hero category at the 2020 LGIU & CCLA Cllr Awards and councillor at Leeds City Council tells us more about the work that she has done to help residents during the pandemic.
Every elector in England should have a vote in May with the elections scheduled for 2021 and those deferred from 2020. In the midst of a pandemic is this wise, safe or fair? Local government certainly has its doubts.
In this episode focusing on the local elections planned for May, Ingrid Koehler interviews Professor of Politics, Toby James, on the global lessons of running an election in a pandemic. Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid also discuss new LGIU research on going to the polls in May.