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And Finally... 02 Dec. 22

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During this festive season, we will be reflecting on the year by showcasing some of our favourite briefings throughout 2022, starting with our highlights from Quarter One: January, February and March! And, in the giving spirit, we have opened up these briefings to follower level throughout December-only!

As you're not (yet!) LGIU members, we wanted to let you know that your next gift will arrive by 'special sleigh' in a Daily News edition normally only available to our corporate members.

Our Quarter One theme is health and happiness

A sentiment that we not only wish to all our LGIU members and followers but also feel is core to the mission of local government. At LGIU, we have a privileged front-row seat to all the hard work local government does every day to make a positive impact on the health and happiness of their communities. We believe our Q1 spotlighted briefings showcase some great examples of this mission in action. Happy reading!  

An active outdoor life: how do the Nordic nations maintain their outdoor lifestyle all year?

Based on personal reflections from the author’s time in four Nordic cities, this insightful briefing takes a ‘street level’ view and provides practical case study examples of the ways these cities have been designed for various aspects of everyday mobility to help Nordic society retain a year-round outdoor culture. These places support having fun, for both children and adults, and without a doubt, there is much to be gained from the provisions and practices in these places, especially when it comes to keeping morale high during extreme climate conditions. 

Age-friendly towns in Ireland

As an affiliated member country to the World Health Organization’s global Age-Friendly network, Ireland has been working to develop age-friendly towns through a concentrated multi-stakeholder focus on local areas. These towns support active ageing and facilitate older adults to take part in their communities, focusing not just on the built environment but also on transport, access to services, safety, and cultural and recreational opportunities.

Sexual health services: how local government can effectively deliver to communities

Supporting and funding sexual health services is important for numerous reasons, however, in many countries services are underfunded and struggle to reach all communities. As a result, councils are seeking new ways to diversify care and improve access. Case study examples are explored in this briefing which deep dives into both the challenges and possible solutions to strengthen services at a local level.

More from LGIU

Digging deep to honour mining heritage

When mines play out, as they inevitably do, a hole is often left not just in the ground, but in the heart of the community. We take a look at tourism that celebrates mining history and supports local economies.

Feminist town planning in Glasgow – In conversation with Cllr Holly Bruce

We spoke with Glasgow City Councillor Holly Bruce about the topic of feminist town planning and what that process would look like in action across Glasgow.

Winners of the Chambers Ireland 2022 Excellence in Local Government Awards

We recap one of the biggest nights in the Irish local government diary and detail the winners and case studies from this year's 2022 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

COP-26: One Year On – Global Local Executive Panel

How much progress was made in a year? Council Chief Executives from across the globe discussed all that has happened in the last twelve months and the ongoing implications for local government from the COP-26. Requires free sign in.

Global Local in brief: COP27 and local government

This week in our free-to-everyone version of Global Local we look at the COP27 conference and how local government can address the “knowing-doing gap” when helping to tackle climate change.

LGIU staff picks: Down the mines

Weekly highlights of what we're reading, watching or listening to that we thought you might like, too. What do you recommend?

This week's Global Local bulletin focused on extraction based communities and how local government can support local people during boom times and bust. Mining has a rich cultural heritage, including amazing novels like Sons and Lovers, Angle of Repose, The Women of Copper Country, The Luminaries, or Clara Morrison. And we're just scratching the surface.

If you're after a great podcast series with a true crime element, Giant tells the story of a mining strike in Yellowknife, Canada that ends in murder. Compulsive listening with some local government mentions in the middle.

But perhaps the mining story is best told through song. This week we have a playlist for you - they may not be the happiest tracks, but there are some great ones.


This week in local government

Check out the latest policy developments, events and happenings and our resources in LGIU's sister countries

  • In England: From levelling up to the World Cup, it's all things England.
  • In Scotland: The LGIU’s weekly collation of everything important to local government in Scotland, this week we bring you the latest reports and updates.
  • In Ireland: have a look at the stories of award winning Irish councils, plus updates on all the key topics impacting Irish local government.
  • Australia roundups are once each week on Mondays. If you're in Australia, to get it you just need a free registration (sign up here) and check your preferences to make sure you're getting our 'essentials' package. Check out this Monday's here including the ALGA update free registration required.

Exclusive policy briefings

Our latest Membership and Global Local subscription briefings:

Global Local: Extraction based communities

This week, we’re looking at the community welfare issues extraction-based communities face and how local government can support their regeneration and a just transition to new industries.

Open to corporate members and Global Local subscribers.

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And finally...

This story made us smile...

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We'll drink to that. Biogas firm eyes £50m whisky draff-fuelled plants in Scotland

Investor Acorn Bioenergy has revealed plans to put £50m in two further anaerobic digestion plants for draff a by-product of distilling – one near Longmore outside Elgin and another at Hill of Rathven, by Buckie. It expects to create 30 jobs across both sites and another 100 or so during the construction phase. The company has submitted a pre-planning Proposal of Application Notices to Moray Council. It comes after the company announced another £55m plan for an anaerobic digestion plant on a site at Fearn airfield, near Balintore, in Easter Ross alongside a gas injection point near Morayston, by Inverness. The company also has a location in Aberdeenshire in its sights as part of a total investment of about £105m in Scotland over the next two years.
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