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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?

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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.

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Cinderella goes to the ball? Localism finds a champion in a time of pandemic

Is this the year when government and other stakeholders recognise the genuine potential of over 10,000 ultra-local town, parish and community councils to deliver meaningful localism to the urban and rural communities of England and Wales? James Derounian and Elisabeth Skinner from the Society of Local Council Clerks locate a focus to spearhead community action.

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Remote working and regional co-working analysis in Ireland

The shift to remote working brought on by Covid-19 has the potential to open up an array of economic and environmental opportunities for Ireland’s regions. By supporting remote working, policymakers could promote a wider range of options for workers and open opportunities for business solutions, allowing integration and coworking across regions to address regional imbalances.

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Local government innovation – breaking new ground in Limerick

Limerick City and County Council has been recognised by the internationally renowned US foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies for the Council’s work in local government innovation. In this blog, we cover the story of how Limerick’s commitment to innovation in service delivery led them to become the first Irish city to feature in the publication.

Ireland Blog Post

Stories of Oxford lockdown

In March, a social action charity in Oxford City set up Oxford Together, a community response volunteering programme, and Oxford City Council joined these grassroots efforts. Storytelling was used as an evaluation methodology, and remarkable stories emerged – the key learning themes of which are highlighted here.

England & Wales Blog Post

Lockdown resistance and the role of mayors

Problems implementing the new Covid restrictions are of the Government’s own making. Mayors and local leaders are articulating alternatives that show we can reassess our centralised approach to power and governance

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Central-local government relations are becoming the principal site of conflict in the politics of the pandemic

In the latest of our Post-Covid Councils framework, this time looking at the location of power, Joseph Ward, Doctoral Researcher in POLSIS at the University of Birmingham, outlines how dealing with Covid-19 and the implementation of local lockdowns has shifted power in the central-local government relationship and how local and regional governments might intervene on…

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