Annual Review 2020

A review of LGIU’s work in 2020.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

2020 Hindsight: a year of our most impactful content

2020 was a tumultuous year for local government. It also one that clearly showed the importance of its community leadership role. We’ve had a look back through some of our most impactful work this year, providing support, looking ahead and shining a light on the work of councils and local government leaders.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

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

Catalysing Food-Innovation for the State: WA local government success

Western Australian council the Shire of Murray and its Shire President Councillor David Bolt have been acknowledged as part of LGIU’s international showcase of excellent local government practice for leading a project that is catalysing the state’s progression into food innovation. Here’s how they did it.

Australia Blog Post

LGIU Fortnightly 11 December: Leaders of the Year

In this week’s episode of LGIU Fortnightly, Ingrid Koehler speaks to two of our Cllr Award winners, Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby District Council and Cllr Jenny Laing, Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council, as well as Cllr Bridget Smith, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, who was highly commended at this year’s Awards.  …

England & Wales, Scotland Podcast

The future of local government

Covid-19 has exacerbated and accelerated a period of huge disruption across many parts of the globe. Dr Andy Johnston looks at the implications of this disruption for local government and examines potential future scenarios for the future of the sector.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Town and community hubs

Councillor Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, explains the Council’s approach to town and community hubs –  schools that are built together with other facilities to serve the whole community, with services of the council and other partners co-located within them.

Global, Scotland Blog Post

Looking ahead with hope…

“The Government’s decision to ease coronavirus restrictions over Christmas reminds us that although policy may aspire to be rational and evidence-driven, it is always subordinate to politics and politics is human,” writes Jonathan Carr-West in his column for the Municipal Journal.

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