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Glasgow City Council – towards the nurturing city

Nurture is foundational for children’s learning and well-being in Glasgow Education Services. To find out more about the background and development of Glasgow’s travel towards the nurturing city, this article from Glasgow City Council provides crucial insights.

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Closing the loop – lessons on making a circular economy work locally

This briefing explores case study examples of circular economies from across the UK, Europe and North America. It identifies the opportunities and challenges that circular economies pose for the local government sector and other key public policy areas. The author writes that ‘to close the loop, local government need to take a holistic approach’.

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To be or not to be ‘taken in charge’

This briefing explores the Irish local authority “taking in charge” policy and its legal ramifications in a recent High Court judgement. This will be of interest to elected members and staff of local authorities, as well as to Irish Water and other statutory undertakers who carry out works on, over or under public roads.

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Summer holidays: fun and carefree, or unwelcome pressure for families?

School holidays can be a stressful time for parents, however, local authorities can mitigate some of the pressures. As this briefing explores, they can deliver schemes and use central government funding to ensure that families have access to food, childcare and enrichment activities, with a particular focus on those who have less income.

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People’s plans: responding to the resurgence in community-led planning

There is a resurgence of interest from communities in producing people’s plans and local authorities are increasingly challenged by how to respond. This briefing advises local authorities on how they could engage with the groups who are producing people’s plans and provides case study examples.

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Supporting disabled people into work and out of poverty

This case study briefing highlights the link between disability and poverty. It considers the policy response of both the UK government and the Scottish government, as well as the role of local government, in tackling the challenges of addressing this correlation and improving the livelihoods of disabled citizens. 

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Islands in the downstream – governance in the Scottish islands

In this article, Adele Lidderdale, PhD Researcher from the Institute for Northern Studies, UHI in Orkney, provides an update on her PhD research into island governance systems and the implications this holds for local government. This research is part of the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre.

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The Irish local government system and the role of the councillor

In this briefing, Tommy Moylan, Director of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG), examines the AILG and addresses the need for a strong democratic local government system, one which is vital to promote the welfare and good governance of the people of Ireland.

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Community Land Trusts: A new fix for the housing crisis

This is the second in a two-part series looking at the state of Australia’s housing and housing affordability. This briefing introduces Community Land Trusts (CLTs) as a potential, viable long-term solution to the housing crisis – one that deals very directly with the issue of land and that local governments are well-placed to deliver on.

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