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The Granite City becomes the Green City

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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And then there were two…

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.

England & Wales Blog Post

UK public library services: lockdown and looking ahead

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?

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

North Ayrshire’s Green New Deal

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.

Scotland Blog Post

Scotland’s lockdown: from tiers to eternity

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.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

Let’s talk about homes

“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.

England & Wales Blog Post

LGIU Fortnightly 30 October: The Location of Power

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…

England & Wales, Global Podcast