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.
In this short article, LGIU’s Head of International Operations, Hannah Muirhead, shares some key highlights from the 2024 Association of Irish Local Government annual training conference. The event focused on the 21st Century Councillor in Irish Local Government and delved into some key developments in Irish local government in the year of local elections.
In a region where ethno-nationalist conflict continues to dominate society, culture and governance, this article explores the role of Northern Ireland’s local government in peacebuilding efforts. Highlighting three areas which exemplify the importance of local government’s role in reconciliation.
As one of the thorniest reform issues in Scotland today, this briefing provides essential background for officers and councillors looking to enhance their understanding of Council Tax reform in Scotland with international comparative examples.
Housing is one of the most fraught issues on the political agenda everywhere. On either side of one contentious issue – building houses to meet growing population needs – is NIMBYs vs. YIMBYs (no/yes in my backyard). So what’s the answer? How do we reconcile two very different views at the local level? This briefing…
Public service reform is an ever-increasingly important aspect of work across the sector, no more so than in spatial planning. This think-piece from Craig McLaren, National Planning Improvement Champion, Improvement Service, outlines the provisions of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, with respect to planning in 2024.
In this article, David Graham, National Director of The Care Leavers’ Association, provides advice on improving the quality of life for care leavers. The charity, set up in 1999 as a voice for people who grew up in state care, also advocates for better policy and practice changes informed by the lived experience of care…
In January 2024, the Bartlett School of Planning published its fourth report on local authority housebuilding. The UK faces an ongoing housing crisis, and this briefing examines the proposed solutions, in respect of local authority housebuilding, emerging from the Bartlett report and other related research.
This year marks 125 years of continuous local democracy in Ireland. This article examines councillors’ critical role in Ireland’s transformation, despite limitations in the local government system, and considers recommendations for strengthening local government’s position as the heart of Irish democracy.
A year where local government finance and speculation about a General Election date takes the spotlight, this LGIU article is essential reading for those in the English local government sector looking to get ahead.