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A guide for better open space planning in growth areas

Adequate, high-quality and accessible open space is critical to local community wellbeing; however, this is not what is occurring in practice. This briefing examines best practices in open space planning and provides guidance in navigating the impacts of decreasing open space availability.

Australia With case study
Members

LGIU guide for new councillors

Becoming a councillor is an exciting time but can also be daunting. This short guide provides information and advice for our new councillor members to help navigate through the initial period in this critical role.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Speaking for the community – how representative are local councillors?

Councillors speak for the local communities, but how representative are they of the residents who elect them? This new briefing looks at a study into the characteristics of councillors in London by the Migrant Democracy Project, which has lessons for local government in other parts of the UK.

England & Wales, 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

Ireland’s Planning and Development Bill 2023 – Parts 7 and 8

This briefing is part of our series covering the Planning and Development Bill. It covers Parts 7 and 8 of the Bill, which consists of the “Housing Strategy and Supply” and “Miscellaneous Powers of Planning Authorities”.

Ireland
Members

Putting children first: Local government strategies for special education needs

SEND provision is in crisis as local authorities are finding it almost impossible to meet their obligations, mainly due to a lack of resources. This briefing considers the current position and possible ways forward, with examples of innovative ways that local authorities are tackling this difficult issue and will be of interest to everyone working…

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Whatever happened to levelling up?

Spotting progress on levelling up is proving difficult. According to MPs, too little money has been handed to local authorities, and most of what was given out has yet to be spent. This briefing asks whether the government’s flagship programme is making any difference to regional inequality.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Ireland’s house price dilemma: Unpalatable alternatives in focus

Recent political debate on Ireland’s house price escalation has brought into focus a dilemma: continue affordability problems or face possible adverse side effects if prices could be reduced. This briefing examines diverse viewpoints, analyses recent trends and delves into the challenges and opportunities of a more sustainable housing market.

Ireland
Members

Housing and planning round-up April 2024

Shared ownership is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round up, with MPs warning that schemes fail to offer an affordable route to home ownership. Other stories cover rents, noise nuisance, building safety, council tax and homelessness among refugees.

England & Wales, Scotland