Content Type: Think piece


Birmingham blues: thoughts from an Irish onlooker

The view from Ireland looks bleak:  Dr Seán Ó’Riordáin gives his take on Birmingham City Council’s section 114 notice. He reflects on the perilous state of local government finance in the UK particularly in light of international research from LGIU

England & Wales, Global, Ireland Blog-article

Informed infrastructure decision making: How to get the most out of a business case

While business cases are often undertaken to ‘tick the box’ in a grant application, this briefing argues that they are an incredibly valuable decision-making tool for local government because they provide a framework for exploring project alternatives and engaging with the community.

Australia Briefing

Scotland Programme for Government 2023/24 — Insights for local government

What does Scotland’s Programme for Government 2023/24 mean for local government? Exploring the insights across eight thematic sections, this briefing provides a must-read summary for the local government sector and ponders the significance of the Scottish Government’s commitment to the Verity House Agreement.

Scotland Briefing

What is Northern Ireland’s system of local government?

Why is the system of local government in Northern Ireland one of the most unique in these islands? This short article answers this question by mapping out the evolution and incremental reforms, which led to the current system of 11 District Councils in Northern Ireland today.

Northern Ireland Blog-article

Where are the fat people in obesity policy?

Why doesn’t obesity policy seem to work? A fat person weighs in. This highly personal piece examines the complexity of weight interventions at the population and individual levels.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog-article

How chief executives work with councillors

We spoke to council chief executives in Ireland, Scotland and Australia to find out what it takes forge a leadership team with councillors.

Australia, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Blog-article

Give us the power: why community planning needs a helping hand

This briefing explores the recommendations made in the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee report, and considers whether they got it right and what should happen next.

Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Summer 2023 reading list from LGIU’s Chief Exec

As part of an annual tradition, LGIU’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West shares the list of books he is aspiring to read over his August holiday break – maybe you can find your next great read too, check it out!

England & Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Blog-article

Planning integrity reforms must not be a power grab

In this opinion piece, Stephen Rowley looks at the findings of Victoria’s recently released independent broad-based anti-corruption commission (IBAC) investigation ‘Operation Sandon’.

Australia Blog-article