Providing essential information for young people in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic

As the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland, Young Scot swiftly refocused their services to aid young people with the information they needed during the pandemic. In this blog, Young Scot discuss how young people have been impacted by Covid-19 and highlight successes in campaigning for and supporting young people.

Scotland Blog Post

We cannot further delay decisions on elections

We must have clarity now on the elections scheduled for May 2021. We have already missed opportunities to fund and prepare for covid-safe elections. Dithering damages democracy.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Embracing winter – learning from international experience part II

In the sequel to her previous blog on planning for outdoor socialisation in winter, Dr Alina Congreve focuses in on work by Canadian local government – in particular their production of winter design guidelines.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post

In your twenties, lonely, and lost? Me too

LGIU Associate Amanda Jones reflects on her personal experience of loneliness as a person in their twenties during the pandemic and outlines how employers can ensure their employees are supported and how individuals can best maintain their own wellbeing during this time. 

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

2021 school examinations and fairness

In a personal view, LGIU Associate Andrew Crompton asks about the 2021 school examinations, the unfairness to young people who have lost education this school year due to the continuing spread of Covid-19 and the need to send pupils home to self-isolate to reduce the spread of the virus. What lead will the UK government…

England & Wales Blog Post

Embracing winter: learning from international experiences

Our parks, public gardens, and town squares are designed primarily for enjoyment in spring, summer and autumn. But as the Covid-19 pandemic is set to continue throughout the cold season, how can we learn from countries used to spending time outside in winter?

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

Local government in 2021

Every year, at about this time, various media outlets make a stab at predicting how next year will develop. One of the first out and most widely read is The Economist’s ‘World in 2021’, where the editor has identified 10 key themes for the year. How are these predictions relevant to local government?

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post

Covid Conversations: highlighting partnerships

Over the pandemic, the Carnegie UK Trust collected data on how communities and organisations across the UK adapted and responded, looking at the evolving relationships between communities, the public sector and the VCSE sector.  In this blog, we hear more about the culmination of this work – a brand new report released today.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

The best crisis response comes from your town hall, not Whitehall

Cllr Adam Swersky, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at London Borough of Harrow, tells us about the Council’s work during the pandemic and the additional challenges that central government sent their way.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post