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Mind the gap: how Covid-19 has impacted on personal finances

Covid-19 has had unequal effects on household finances. Wealthier families cut non-essential spending, increased savings and benefited from rising asset values, while poorer households were often unable to reduce spending and suffered a loss of income. Two new reports assess the worsening wealth gap left by the pandemic.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Good governance – why it matters to us all, now more than ever

This briefing sets out: why good governance has always been important, why it is more important than ever as we recover and renew public services post-pandemic, what can happen when governance goes badly wrong, and some views on what good governance might look like in an increasingly uncertain world.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Global Local Executive Panel – July 2021: Child Friendly Communities

On July 15th 2021, LGIU Australia and VLGA presented an international panel of expert speakers from a variety of positions in Queensland, Victoria and Scotland to discuss what the impact of COVID has been on children and young people in their jurisdictions.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa
Members

The housing market impact of non-household purchasing

Following the Irish Government’s response to the controversial transaction of standard houses in Maynooth, County Kildare in early May, this briefing reflects on the issues raised during the bulk purchasing debate and sets out relevant statistics regarding the trends in housing purchase, including the share of various categories of buyers along with the volume of…

Ireland
Members

ONS place-based statistics and intelligence – an update

This briefing provides an overview of recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) place-based statistics about your area – including demographic, economic, housing, electoral and wellbeing postings, as well as ONS’s approach to Covid-19 data. Local authorities should ensure their intelligence capabilities are fit for evidence-informed decision-making.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Housing and planning round-up July 2021

Homelessness is the ‘big issue’ in this month’s housing and planning round-up, following claims that new legislation could criminalise rough sleepers. The round-up also looks at rent arrears, building safety, housing building and ‘pop-up’ campsites.

England & Wales, Scotland

Exploring ideas and solutions for the future of local government

In this briefing, LGiU Australia lead Luke Nicholls, explores content from across LGiU’s international platform that engages with ‘big issues’ for the future of local government.  It identifies valuable ideas around how local councils can generate both momentum and support to address fundamental challenges and develop a set of solutions to benefit local communities for…

Australia
Members & Followers

A suitable case for charity? – helping the voluntary sector during Covid-19

How was money awarded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to charities distributed and who decided which charities missed out? A report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee raises further questions about the use of government money, transparency and data.

England & Wales
Members

Giving the community a say, ‘Planning Vancouver Together’

Early 2019, a team of residents came together and spent six months discussing a new city-wide approach to planning. In July 2019 City of Vancouver council approved the approach and released the ‘Planning Vancouver Together (PVT) plan, a three-year programme to involve the community in the development of the city. The hope is that by…

Global