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Empowering modern fathers: how can local government pave the way for active fatherhood?

This briefing emphasises the critical role fathers play in their children’s education, suggesting that their involvement leads to better outcomes. It highlights opportunities for local councils to support father engagement through initiatives like reading groups and partnerships with schools. Ultimately, underscoring a gap in dad-specific policies and programs.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland With case study
Members & Global Local

Rising levels of abuse towards electoral staff: A key threat to elections and democracy

Electoral staff play a crucial role in upholding democratic elections, but they are increasingly facing abuse and threats from voters. The rise in false claims of election fraud and other forms of misinformation and disinformation have contributed to this trend. This briefing explores the issue and its real-life consequences for electoral staff and democracy.

Global
Members

Reclaiming CEO recruitment for sustainable local governance

In today’s resource-scarce environment, a well-matched CEO is crucial for organisational stability and effectively managing public services. This briefing emphasises the need for councils to reduce reliance on external headhunters in CEO recruitment and focus on long-term organisational stability.

Australia, Global
Members & Global Local

Defining fast fashion: why it’s a problem for local government and local communities

This briefing explores the fast fashion industry as a whole and the issues it generates for local areas. It sets out the policy levers that local government can use and how they can work directly with their communities to tackle fast fashion. Inside, you’ll find a range of case study examples of community-led initiatives supported…

England & Wales, Global With case study
Members & Global Local

Local authorities are left picking up the tab for fast fashion

The fast fashion industry has rapidly become a global phenomenon. This briefing explores some of the impact the industry is having on local authorities across the world. It considers actions councils can take to combat this challenge and address pollution in their communities.

Global With case study
Members & Global Local

Closing the global skills gap: Is there a leadership role for local government?

The global skills gap refers to a mismatch between the skills possessed by the current workforce and the skills required for the future. Efforts are being made across sectors to bridge the gap, such as upskilling and reskilling initiatives. This briefing explores the vital role of local government in addressing this issue.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members & Global Local

What can we learn from the Canadian local government experience of retrofitting?

This briefing explores the Canadian experience in developing and implementing building codes and green technologies to make new buildings more energy efficient and climate resilient. It also identifies key barriers and offers solutions, along with case studies and best practices for policymakers and industry stakeholders.

Global With case study
Members & Global Local

Global Local Think Tank Review – March 2024

Our global local think tank review highlights key findings from leading think tanks and research institutes across the globe. This edition features publications on childcare provision; the ageing global population; the ‘new era’ of industrial strategy; modern methods of housing construction; regulation; and how local governments can protect democracy.

Global
Members & Global Local

The role and impact of TV and film production in local economies

The UK is seeing a rapid growth in demand for original content from studios, broadcasters, and streaming services, leading to an increase in local TV and film production. Despite a shortfall of facilities and skilled crew, the development of new production hubs is attracting investment from both national and local government. This briefing explores.

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