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LGIU Book Club: Municipal Dreams

At our 2nd Local Government Book Club, we’ll discuss John Boughton’s Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing. This member-only event is an opportunity to discuss a book of local government interest in a friendly and informal online session and to share experience and practice.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

Could a regional immigration system be used to address labour shortages in rural areas?

A new points based immigration is coming to the UK soon. What effect will that have on labour shortages in critical service areas like care or tourism outside of major cities? Could a New Zealand-style system be part of the answer? Cameron Boyle from the Immigration Advice Service explores the issues.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Engaging communities in recovery

This write-up outlines the key discussion points from LGIU’s second webinar in our Post-Covid Councils series, Place and Community, which took place on Tuesday, 15th September.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post

Everyone’s business – Climate Week in Scotland

While the world’s attention remains focused on the pandemic, this year’s Climate Week comes as a timely reminder that Covid-19 is not the only crisis the planet faces. LGIU’s Alice Creasy writes on how climate change is already affecting the UK, and the role of local authorities in working to incorporate climate strategies into recovery.

Scotland Blog Post

Shaping Covid-19 recovery plans through community research

Natalie Creary and her colleagues from Black Thrive discuss how local government can collect and respond to data in ways that are centred on the perspective of communities rather than reinforcing stereotypes.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Does the government want to divide and rule?

It’s been a roller coaster week for those of us who are attempting to follow the progress (and divine the content of) the Devolution White Paper, writes Jonathan Carr-West.

England & Wales

Councils have earned their place

Brent Leader, Cllr Muhammed Butt writes for us about the council’s Poverty Commission, the very clear link that the report draws between the housing crisis and persistent poverty and the work that Brent is doing to tackle this issue.

England & Wales Blog Post

In conservation series: Lessons from UK COVID-19 response

This update introduces a recent interview with LGIU Australia content commissioner Merle Zierke and Councillor Chapman-Allen, Leader of the Breckland District Council in England, to understand just how COVID-19 has impacted local government in England, and how local governments have responded thereby.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post