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Local Democracy Week – are teenagers interested in local democracy?

To mark 2023’s Local Democracy Week, Fatema Limbada, Civic and Member Services Manager at Brent Council, highlights their recent panel with young people to discuss youth participation in local democracy. With more and more research finding concerning rates of low engagement among the young demographic, how can those in local government help change the tide?

England & Wales

Is 20 plenty? How councils are leading the drive for slower traffic

A growing number of UK roads are subject to 20mph speed limits. Welcomed by road safety campaigners (plus pedestrians and cyclists), they face opposition from motoring organisations and some politicians. So how do such schemes work, and what do they achieve besides weighty arguments?

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland

UNISON’s Champions Day

The LGIU is proud to support UNISON’s Champions Day, which celebrates local government workers and all they do for communities and services. We hear from Sarah Pearce, Assistant National Officer at UNISON, who is leading their Champions Campaign, about how it all works and how you can get involved. 

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland
Members

Cultural sector policy and research round-up: Autumn 2023

This briefing provides a round-up of research and announcements related to the arts, culture and leisure sector. It also covers cultural participation, recent GCSE and A-level statistics relating to creative subjects, the government and the Creative Industries Council’s Creative Sector Vision, and much more.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Housing and planning round-up October 2023

Energy efficiency is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round up, with more money to decarbonise social housing but confusion over net zero targets. Other stories include rough sleeping, housebuilding by councils, tenants’ complaints and tall buildings.

England & Wales, Scotland

Collection: Global budget coverage and analysis

This collection showcases a range of LGIU work on current and past budgets across England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia. It has plenty of key resources to offer for staff and councillors in public services looking into current budgets, the implications budgets have on local government, and budget trends over previous years.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Charity resilience during the cost of living crisis

Charities showed great adaptability in the face of Covid-19, but the cost of living crisis may prove even more challenging to their long term sustainability. This briefing summarises research from the Social Market Foundation on charity resilience and suggests how councils can help sustain the vital work that charities do locally.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study
Members

England policy round-up: August and September 2023

Our England policy round-up services overview the key policy announcements and publications for local government.  The latest edition includes the government’s recent announcement to change the net zero by 2050 plans, the integration of Local Enterprise Partnership functions into local authorities, a paper on making better use of data around electric vehicle charge points, and…

England & Wales
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Young people policy and research round-up: October 2023

This briefing provides a round-up of policy developments, announcements and research related to young people in England and Scotland, covering government announcements, educational attainment in 2023, the effect of the cost of living crisis on young people, and developments in youth justice, among other policy areas.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Up in smoke: The rise and risks of single-use vapes

UK Government are reportedly poised to ban single-use vapes. This briefing sets out issues with these products, explores what local governments and partner organisations across the UK are doing to tackle this issue and will be of interest to everyone working in public health and environmental services.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland