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A Stepping Stone to Something More? A Comparative Analysis of Local Government Candidacy and Multi-level Institutional Factors in Canada, Scotland and Ireland

This briefing will assess if the perception of municipalities in Canada differs from that of their local authority counterparts in the UK and Ireland, and if institutional factors play a role in this regard, and aim to shed greater light on the raison d’etre of local and municipal governance in all three states.

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A comparative look at housing: The Scottish Context

This paper examines housing/homelessness services to ascertain how changes to central government funding streams have affected their provision, and provide a comparative analysis of the Scottish case by assessing the current central-local government relationship in England and Ireland.

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The setting of social rents in Ireland

Sections of the Housing Act have not been implemented and no significant policy changes introduced. In this briefing we look at some of the implications of continuing with an unreformed rent model for social housing in Ireland.

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A look at Local Government Elections: England 2017

Local elections, at least to an Irish eye seem to be a constant feature of local politics in England. This briefing draws attention to aspects of election practice in England, which will be of interest to Irish readers given the similarities in oversight between the two jurisdictions.

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New Approach to Community-Based Job Creation in Ireland

Job creation has to be at the heart of rural development across Ireland for the next decade. Unless people in our rural communities can have access to quality well paid employment and economic opportunity there will be little to underpin all the other critical aspects of rural living.

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Brexit, climate change and energy policy: what next?

The UK’s environmental legislation has been heavily influenced by the EU and the task of transposing EU legislation into domestic law is a huge practical challenge. Without a strong economic agent championing its interests, the environment may “fall through the cracks”.

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South African Local Government: an insight

The latest in our series on comparative international local government, this briefing offers a snapshot of municipal governance in South Africa, highlighting the mandates and objectives of local government, their financial situation, some of their big challenges and recent responses.

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Service Charges in Local Authorities

This briefing examines one of the key sources of funding the revenue accounts of Irish local authorities – Charges for goods and services, illustrating the four main sources of funding for local authorities today, and demonstrating how the charges relate to the funding source base for 2017.

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Crowdfunding: Opportunities for Local Government

LGiU Ireland’s Hannah Muirhead explores how local authorities can utilise crowdfunding platforms to aid community development projects. Crowdfunding has created a frenzy in the business community and the creative sector because of its ability to raise money quickly and flexibly, bypassing traditional sources of finance. But it has yet to become as widely adopted among…

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