Members & Global Local

Local government’s role in promoting intergenerational communities and care

This briefing examines the role that local government can play in promoting intergenerational activities that can benefit whole communities with respect to social care and community cohesion.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study

Planning and Development Bill 2023

Given the scale of Ireland’s Planning and Development Bill 2023, the LGIU team will produce a series of ‘’bite-size’’ briefings examining the critical components of the Bill and reflecting on those as they will impact the role of local government. This briefing is the first in this series.


Australia’s declining home ownership – how could governments respond?

Recent research shows Australia is likely experiencing a structural decline in access to home ownership. In this briefing, Marcus Spiller reflects on these findings and the shifts in access to home ownership, what it means for those entering or aspiring to enter into home ownership, and the potential policy responses thereto.


Destitution in the UK 2023 – Joseph Rowntree Foundation report

New JRF research has found that 3.8 million people in the UK are destitute, including 1 million children. Destitution has risen sharply over recent years, despite government action to boost incomes during the Covid-19 pandemic and cost-of-living crisis. This briefing looks at these alarming findings and potential policy implications.

England & Wales, Scotland

Challenging behaviour in schools preventing the new pandemic?

The Educational Institute of Scotland, has warned Scottish Government that it needs to tackle violence in Scotland’s schools. This briefing looks at behaviours presenting in schools and underlying reasons for the apparent decline in standards of behaviour.

Scotland With case study

England policy round-up: October and November 2023

Our England policy round-up overviews the key policy announcements and publications for local government. October and November saw the King’s speech, a reshuffle and the Autumn Statement. The latest edition features publications on levelling up towns and cities, reform of public finances, a new approach to social security and much more.

England & Wales

Cost shifting from state to local government – insights from NSW

This article summarises the findings of the recently-released Local Government NSW survey of cost shifting between levels of government. While the specific details relate to NSW, the issues raised will likely be familiar to members in other jurisdictions.