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Cabinet or committees: what is the best way of running local government?

With more councils in England switching from cabinet to committees, what is the best way of operating in local government? Why do some councils that reintroduced committees now favour a cabinet, and what about the Scottish council that changed its governance system three times since 2012? A new briefing explains.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study

Scottish National Islands Plan – a vehicle for transformation?

Reporting on a session between Adele Lidderdale’s, PhD Researcher supported by Institute for Northern Studies, LGIU and Orkney Islands Council, Comhairle nan eilean siar and Shetland Islands Council, this paper provides an island local government insight into whether the Scottish National Islands Plan can provide a vehicle for transformation.

Scotland With case study

Child’s play: what can be learned from Denmark’s innovative playgrounds?

As the country that brought LEGO to the masses, it is perhaps no surprise that Denmark is something of a leader when it comes to innovative places to play. We examine the role that Danish local government have in the creation and maintenance of the nation’s intriguing playgrounds.

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‘Decarbonising Communities Network’ in Mayo County Council

Next up in our series of articles showcasing the latest local government innovation from the Chambers Ireland 2022 Excellence in Local Government Awards, Mayo County Council share the story behind the award-winning Decarbonising Communities Network.

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Charity resilience during the cost of living crisis

Charities showed great adaptability in the face of Covid-19, but the cost of living crisis may prove even more challenging to their long term sustainability. This briefing summarises research from the Social Market Foundation on charity resilience and suggests how councils can help sustain the vital work that charities do locally.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study

A new engine for economic development: benefits of developing a local industry development plan

Many of Australia’s remote local governments are dealing with social and economic challenges such as skills and labour shortages, industrial decline and, in some cases, industrial obsolescence. These challenges may reflect limited access to markets, services, and infrastructure. This briefing examines some of the economic challenges faced by certain regions in Australia, using the example…

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Gambling harm prevention and compliance activities in Scotland

This swift read from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) summarises four local authority gambling harm/compliance pilots that took place from Autumn 2021 to late Spring 2022. It recaps the accomplishments and learnings and proposes some next steps to widen the gambling harm prevention work across the nation.

Scotland With case study

Best practice from Ireland – Guidance manual for Fingal community facilities

With 35 Community Centres and serving one of the fastest growing areas in Ireland, Fingal County Council looks to support the highest standards of facilities management and good governance in their community facilities while ensuring they are meeting the ever-changing needs of local communities.

Ireland, Northern Ireland With case study