Think pieces

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The challenges of planning and running UK elections

Andrew Smith, Chair of the Association of Electoral Administrators, provides insights into the challenges of preparing for and running UK elections. Discussing the work involved, from booking polling stations to training staff, and so much more. He also addresses changes to the Elections Act, overseas electors, and constituency boundary changes.

England & Wales

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

My vote matters: make 2024 accessible voting year

Gáibhin McGranaghan, Spokesperson at My Vote My Voice, raises concerns about the accessibility of our democratic systems and the issues this causes. My Vote My Voice is working to empower disabled communities by building a coalition of supporters to upskill their understanding, develop easy read resources, and sign an open letter to support accessible voting.

England & Wales, Global

Addressing the challenges of rural education in the UK

This briefing examines the challenges facing local authorities in delivering quality education to young people in rural communities across the UK. It also proposes solutions to those challenges, with examples from a variety of different local authority areas.

England & Wales, Scotland With case study

What is the health and social care ecosystem?

This article discusses the complexity of health and social care as a system shared almost everywhere. It highlights the importance of supporting informal, local organisations that play an indispensable role in the healthcare ecosystem. Shedding light on the issues facing healthcare and the challenges policymakers face in trying to regulate – is it time for…

Members & Global Local

Is it too difficult to reform social care?

This briefing from University of Birmingham researchers explores the difficulties of social care reform which evoke key issues such as the rebalancing of central and local government relations and new fiscal challenges. Using the metaphor of a social care ecosystem, it outlines how this can help us think about reform.

England & Wales, Scotland

An Ireland of the regions: But what of local government?

In this think piece, LGIU’s Ireland Commissioner, Dr Seán O Riordáin, carries on his discussion on the current governance of the island of Ireland, exploring what the future of local government might look like under a regional framework.

Ireland, Northern Ireland

Ireland 2040: An island of regions?

In this think piece, LGIU’s Ireland Commissioner, Dr Seán O Riordáin, discusses the current governance of the island of Ireland and delves into considerations around a possible new governance model for the region.

Ireland, Northern Ireland

Lend your voice to capture the role of councillors in the UK

This article from Dr Thom Oliver, Senior Lecturer in Politics at UWE Bristol, emphasises the vital role of local councillors in the UK, tracing their historical significance and continued importance in addressing challenges. The article explores a collaborative study with academic experts investigating the experiences and perspectives of councillors across different demographics and political affiliations.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland

Closing the loop on Community Wealth Building

Community Wealth Building is emerging as a new economic development model in Scotland. In this article, Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, outlines how this shift must integrate circular economy principles to allow communities to navigate the climate and biodiversity crisis, thus fostering thriving communities within the planet’s limits.