When Aberdeen City Council was named Local Authority of the Year at the MJ Achievement Awards 2020, judges noted “a pioneering capital programme and significant investments in the social and cultural future of its communities”. In this blog Co-leaders Douglas Lumsden and Jenny Laing share their work, emphasising sustainability initiatives.
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This week, Croydon became the second council to issue a s114 notice in the last few years. As we’ve seen in other areas of institutional life, the “one bad apple” theory seldom holds up. Instead, Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGIU argues, the problem is systemic.
Dr Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust, reports on new research on the value of public library services during the lockdown. But what did library services offer, what barriers did they face, and what next for services?
In response to the challenges of Covid-19 and the economic aftershocks impacting communities across Scotland, North Ayrshire Council recently published their Economic Recovery Plan – a local ‘Green New Deal’ which will focus on building back the local economy better, fairer and greener. Council Leader Cllr Joe Cullinane tells us more.
The Government’s spending review is due to conclude at the end of November. In this blog, LGIU Associate Mark Upton considers the possible impact on education and children services.
In recognition of the growing number of Covid-19 cases across Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently announced a five-tier system that would come into place on November 2.
“Every week seems to present us with fresh evidence of the follies of centralisation”, writes Jonathan Carr-West in his latest column for the Municipal Journal as he discusses the Government’s highly contentious ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper.
In this week’s episode of LGIU Fortnightly, Andrew Walker and Ingrid Koehler take a deep dive into the latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils series, the Location of Power. Andrew sets out the key arguments of his new report ‘Power down to level up: resilient place-shaping for a post-Covid world’, plus we hear an extract…
Watch again: Future planning for the built environment: tackling the challenges facing the housing and planning sectors
Our webinar, Future Planning for the Built Environment, explored the challenges housing and planning sectors are facing. If you weren’t able to make it, you can watch the full event on Youtube.
The school system in England, Covid-19, Temporary Continuity Directions, free education, local government and what next?
LGIU’s John Fowler discusses the new government direction on remote education, its implications for schools, pupils and parents and how local authorities could be utilised despite their absence in the government’s approach to remote learning.