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And Finally... 27 Jan 2023

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NASA, weather stations, schools and climate action.

Find out how Fingal County Council (Ireland) promotes staff innovation and delivered an award-winning project in this short blog.

What will the National Care Service mean for local government in Scotland?

LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre is working with the University of Birmingham to investigate the potential impact of a new National Care Service in Scotland. The proposed centralisation of care in Scotland will have widespread implications for local authorities. In this blog, the Birmingham team explain the project, which will be launching very soon.

 Celebrating local heritage: Forth Bridges Trail

How can we best promote local heritage? Karen Stewart from Forth Bridges Area tells us about how a local government partnership results in new initiatives to highlight Scotland’s iconic Forth Bridges and the historic communities of North and South Queensferry.

A requiem to the Schools Bill in three parts – Part 2

This blog series explores the progress of the March 2022 Schools White Paper (England)– several aspects of which require parliamentary legislation before implementation. This second post explores the details of the Bill and what might be salvaged during this parliamentary session.

Event: Growing trust in local democracy

A strong local democracy relies on good relationships. That’s why the theme of the Notwestminster 2023 local democracy event on 18th February is all about trust. Find out how to get involved in this collaborative, local government driven event in Huddersfield.

Country policy roundups

Keep up with key developments in LGIU sister countries.

All things Scotland, January Policy roundup: Leadership updates, housing, climate and highlights of the reports and findings that matter in Scotland.

All Things Ireland: What's on in local government? In a week where fallout over Sunday’s events in Croke park captured headlines, we've collected all the key reports, policy development and funding calls to keep Irish local government informed and connected.

All things England: LGIU’s Peter Smith rounds up the policy news with a look at finance, ethics and and 'other news' section you don't want to miss.

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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LGIU staff picks:

This week, we're sharing articles that made us think, laugh or just piqued our interest. What would you recommend?

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Things that make you go hmm...

We recommend the articles and think pieces that stuck with us this week:

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And finally..

This story made us smile. 

The awards keep coming to Achill Island

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We knew our staff picks were influential!

As if being picked four times in And Finally staff recommendations weren't enough, news that Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin has been nominated for nine Oscars was met with delight at an Oscars party at McLoughlin's Bar on Achill Sound. The film, which scooped three Golden Globes earlier this month, was largely shot on Achill Island in 2021. Chris McCarthy, manager of Achill Tourism, said he and his team have been busy accommodating a barrage of media requests in recent weeks that will only intensify after the film received nine Oscar nominations. A Banshees of Inisherin Locations Trail has already been launched on the Achill Tourism website. It is now working with Mayo County Council, Fáilte Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way to provide physical infrastructure at the locations on the trail. Irish Times Online

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