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Our top ten most popular articles last month and a call for more


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At LGIU we regularly publish articles from our readers (and from our staff), sharing opinion and experience.  This is a great way to share your viewpoints and learning with local government colleagues and those who work with localgov around the world. In August we published a wide array of really interesting perspectives on local government, highlighting everything from heritage-led regeneration to top-team relationship dynamics and a lot more.

Our top ten articles last month:

  1. Where are the fat people in obesity policy?
  2.  When elections go wrong… four things we can learn from a big week of election mishaps
  3. How chief executives work with councillors
  4. In Conversation with Kenneth Lawrie, Chief Executive of Falkirk Council
  5. Planning integrity reforms must not be a power grab
  6. Holiday reading list from LGIU’s Chief Exec
  7. How can councils help employees with IT issues?
  8. Urban agriculture: strengthening the nexus of research, policy and practice
  9. Challenging the narrative of demolish and rebuild? Heritage-led regeneration in Donegal
  10. Give local government a seat at the table – Steven Head, General Manager of Hornsby Shire Council

Share your ideas:

We’re always looking for new ideas! So if you have an area you’d like us to cover in an article or member-only policy briefing, let us know.

Write an article

Even better, we’d love to get an article directly from you. Our simple, practical guidelines are here, but we’re happy to work with you to get an article publication ready.

Reach local government colleagues around the world

Our Global Local bulletin highlights local solutions to global challenges, with a different theme each week offering critical insights, policy suggestions and case studies. We love hearing what our readers are up to, and the successes and challenges they’ve experienced in policy or projects.

So we’re looking for your insights on our upcoming editions. If you can tell us about any these topics, please get in touch and we can help you craft an effective case study.

Migration, September 27th

For this edition, we are looking at how local governments can address the challenge of integrating migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and expats. An umbrella issue, we’ll be tackling everything from local representatives of migrant descent, to the importance of and challenges posed by migration to local areas, to the resettlement of refugees at the local level. We’re also looking for perspectives on how migration away from your area, for example in remote or island communities, may have impacted your community.

Homelessness, October 4th

People sleeping rough on the streets is one of the most visible and distressing signs of failing public policy. It is a clear sign that the social fabric is not holding together and that as a society we are allowing people to fall through the cracks. Tackling homelessness and addressing its causes is a long-term project that needs to draw on partners and organisations from across the public sector. In short, it cannot be solved by homelessness services alone. For this edition of Global Local, we are looking for innovative homelessness prevention and intervention policies, perspectives on the economic burden of homelessness to your council or local area, and the lessons learnt from the pandemic on tackling rough sleeping.

Play Spaces, October 11th

Different types of play can provide a range of learning opportunities for children. Public playgrounds can be instrumental in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children, and provides a chance for kids to exercise, independently explore, and begin to socialise. Yet many of our playgrounds are falling to pieces, becoming outdated, or simply being closed due to budget cuts. This lack of safe and free spaces to play could have serious ramifications on the development of our children. We want to hear how you’ve overcome budgeting issues to maintain and develop your play spaces. We’re also looking for examples of innovative inclusive play areas designed specifically for SEND children.

Women’s safety, October 18th

Everyone should be able to feel safe in our public spaces. We want to hear from you if you are working to improve safety for women in your local area, be it on walks home after dark, in after-hours venues, or general measures to prevent violence, assaults and harassment against women. We’re looking for case studies of improvements you may have made to public transport routes, campaigns you may have launched designed to educate men on harassment, or changes you may have made to parks and the urban environment to make women feel more at ease. Most of all, we want to hear from women on their experiences with not feeling safe in public and what they think needs to change.

Intergenerational care and community

Intergenerational care services usually revolve around children visiting older people in care settings to socialise and participate in activities together. These intergenerational services are designed to enhance the quality of life for residents in care homes, while also providing formative benefits for children. We are looking for examples of successful intergenerational care programmes or intergenerational community space and the benefits they can provide for emotional support, personal growth, physical and mental activity, child development and community resilience.

Your experiences welcome!

We’re always eager to hear from our local government colleagues on anything you’re doing or ideas you’d like us to cover. Let us know!