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A post-conflict role for local government in Northern Ireland

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.

Ireland, Northern Ireland Blog-article

Reconciliation: Case studies and resources for local government

Every week, we highlight inspiration and innovation from local government worldwide. In this article, we focus on ways local government shows themselves as leaders in reconciliation. You’ll find best practice from Ireland, Scotland, USA, Canada and England along with plenty of practical policy and resources to for more insight and guidance on the topic.

Global Blog-article

Community Planning in Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Alongside a briefing from Professor Colin Knox appraising community planning in Northern Ireland, this article from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council outlines key areas of innovation and deployment of community planning partnerships in local government.

Northern Ireland Blog-article With case study

Councillor remuneration in Scotland

The first report dealing with councillor remuneration in over a decade has just been released. This forward article from the Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee sets out key findings from the report and situates the report’s recommendations within the wider context of empowering local democracy in Scotland.

Scotland Blog-article

Championing improvement in Scotland’s planning system

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.

Scotland Blog-article

Friends or foes? Reconciliation within local government

This article spotlights the tension and progression of Toronto’s local government over the past few years as party rivals become partners in spearheading local initiatives for the wider community. What’s that old saying again? Keep your friends close… This case study illuminates why local government should lead by example in a time of increasing polarisation.

Global Blog-article With case study

What’s happening in the world of local government this week?

We’ve compiled together some of the most interesting, newsworthy stories of the last week from the local government sector worldwide. We’re just trialling this service out for now, so let us know what you think.

Global Blog-article

Care experienced people: Case studies and resources for local government

Every week, we highlight inspiration and innovation from local government worldwide. In this article, we focus on those supporting those with experience of being in care. You’ll find best practice from England, Scotland and Australia, along with plenty of practical policy and resources to for more insight and guidance on the topic.

Global Blog-article

Lessons from the lived experience of care leavers

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…

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog-article
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What is reunification in children’s social care? And how to improve the outcome

This article explains what reunification is and why it’s important. It highlights the potential and problems associated with reunification, and provides research-led recommendations for local authorities to improve reunification practices.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Blog-article