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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s innovative Beaufort energy retrofit project

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Beaufort housing energy retrofit project received the ‘Local Authority Innovation Award’ at the 2023 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. This article delves into the delivery of this innovative project and shares the overall benefits it’s had on the Beaufort residents


Local government sustainability – a new Commonwealth inquiry

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Development, Infrastructure and Transport has launched an inquiry into local government financial sustainability. The inquiry is a crucial opportunity to address long-standing funding concerns and shape the future of local government funding in Australia.


Innovation in action: Wallyford Learning Campus

This article explores East Lothian Council’s Wallyford Learning Campus – a modern multi-purpose community space balancing state-of-the-art facilities with inspiration from the area’s natural environment. This case study unpacks the design, funding, features and community reception of the project, providing guidance for future developments by other councils.

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Podcast: What’s new at LGIU – 11 April 2024

In this new episode, co-hosts Simone and Freya discuss all things local elections and why they are so important. Dr Andrew Walker joins them to chat about the release of LGIU’s highly anticipated Ones to Watch guide for elections in England, which highlights some of the biggest battlegrounds to watch out for.


Bridging the digital divide: Wicklow County Council’s One-to-One Digital project

This article unpacks Wicklow County Council’s award-winning One-to-One Digital project, which addresses digital literacy challenges by pairing adult learners with trained student tutors. The program’s success in fostering digital skills and community connection underscores its potential for replication in other councils.