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Voter ID and the question of trust

In this think piece, Dr. Greg Stride from LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre asks whether the implementation of voter ID in UK elections will resolve the increasing worry surrounding lost trust in elections and democracy as a whole.

England & Wales, Global

Fibre force: how councils bring faster broadband to rural areas

This blog details the experiences of four councils to set up Connecting Devon and Somerset, a public body designed to help local areas with slow broadband. We chatted to members of Devon County Council on the challenges they faced in bringing fast broadband to the remote tourist town of Clovelly.

England & Wales With case study

How can local government seize the momentum of World Rewilding day?

This year’s World Rewilding Day is all about hope: hope for a restored, healthy world where people and nature flourish alongside one another. In this post, Charlotte Maddix, Advocacy Coordinator, Scottish Rewilding Alliance explores what rewilding might look like for Scottish councils.

Scotland

Budget 2023 – A revolution in childcare?

The 2023 Budget press release proclaims it to be a ‘revolution in childcare’ with a promise to more than double the State’s financial support for the sector by 2026-28. But what actually is the revolution, and will it succeed? LGIU’s John Fowler and Megan Pacey examine the details.

England & Wales

The changing job of running elections

With less than two months until 4th May polls, electoral administrators at over 200 local authorities across England are heads down, preparing for the election timetable to start counting down, writes Peter Stanyon, Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators.

England & Wales