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And Finally... 03 March 2023

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Global Local: The kids are not alright. Young people and local democracy.

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Are young people disengaged with democracy? Does disaffection with traditional means of engagement encourage radicalism? In this edition of Global Local we take a look at youth attitudes to democracy and local democracy and what local government can do to more effectively engage.

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Celebrating Scotland’s Improvement Districts

Find out more about Scotland’s Improvement Districts (SIDs) and why they're worth celebrating. We find out about recent celebrations and share key learning and updates from the organisation. 

My Vote My Voice: empowering people with learning disabilities and autistic people vote

The My Vote My Voice campaign is aimed at empowering people with learning disabilities and autistic people to use their vote, LGIU staff recently attended their launch event. While the gathering had an overwhelmingly positive and energetic feel, it highlighted the profound challenges faced by autistic people and people with learning disabilities when it comes to voting.

Council Tax – happy 30th anniversary or time for a change?

Ahead of the annual setting of council tax rates and in light of the 30th anniversary of the introduction of council tax in the UK, Michael Orton from the University of Warwick discusses the various options for updating the UK’s council tax system while evaluating the pros and cons of each.

Look out for findings from LGIU's Finance survey (England) next week!

How Kirklees Council’s pioneering Democracy Friendly Schools programme is inspiring young people to get involved in local democracy

When the Kirklees Democracy Commission embarked on their exploration of what it would take to grow a stronger local democracy in Kirklees, the experiences of young citizens led to a long term commitment to change things, for the next generation – and beyond.

Country policy roundups

Keep up with key developments in LGIU sister countries.

All Things Scotland local government – Council budgets, housing updates and planning reports

All things local government this week in Scotland right here. With SNP leadership campaigns in full swing ahead of voting opening on March 13th, this week we bring you key reports, updates and policy changes that shape local government in Scotland.

All Things Ireland – Protocol politics, turning pubs into homes and awards for Clare County Council

Dive into all things local government in Ireland right here. In a week full of statistic releases and new reports (as well as the “Windsor” framework), this latest edition of All Things Ireland brings you the key reports, updates and policy changes that have shaped Irish local governance.

All Things England – a striking week in local government? Not yet. Peter Smith focuses on finance and public service labour issues, and much more local government news of the week in All Things England.

The Australia Policy Roundup is included in the Monday Daily News and is brought to you with twice monthly updates from the Australian Local Government Association.

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And Finally....

This story made us smile. 

£16 down the pan

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West Lothian Council is to close seven of its 11 remaining fully-automated public toilets, after a report found that the least-used toilets were costing the council up to £15.62 per flush over the course of a year. Four toilets, in Livingston South railway station, Engine Lane in Bathgate, Broxburn and Linlithgow will stay open, with the council to save around £245,000 per year as a result of the closures. The council is to consult with local communities and engage with businesses through the "comfort partner" scheme.
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To find out more about public toilet schemes check out our Global Local edition 'Flushed Away' - available to full Members and Global Local subscribers.

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