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And Finally... 11 Nov. 22

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Support for veterans

In many places around the world, the 11th of November is marked as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. Today it is a Remembrance Day in some countries and Veterans' Day in others. Local government can play a big role in supporting veterans and their families through direct provision or by working with charitable organisations. We're highlighting a conversation with Ian Millen of Veterans Outreach Support in the UK.

More from LGIU

Community wealth building – does it exist in Finnish?

In this blog post, LGIU Associate, Suvi Loponen reflects on her findings while researching for a new briefing on the topic of community wealth building in Finland.

England weekly roundup

Bush tucker trials, big budget announcements and process breakdown, read our highlights from a week in local government.

All Things Ireland: Council’s Performance Under the Spotlight

As COP-27 kicks off and we watch the US mid-term elections from afar, this week LGIU Ireland brings you all the latest in local government. Highlights include a focus on reports and updates for local government from the LGIU and Merrion Street.

All Things Scotland: A Feature From Moray Council and Eyes on Egypt at COP27

All Things Scotland provides a hand picked selection of reports, updates from Holyrood and spotlight on Moray Council to keep you up to date with everything local government related in Scotland. 

Global Local: In brief

Our weekly free Global Local newsletter focuses on the cost of living crisis.

LGIU staff picks: Michigan Madness

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

To watch: We have a few Americans on staff, but none from Michigan. Still Ingrid Koehler's staff pick was this Detroit rapper Gmac Cash video in support of Gretchen Whitmer's campaign for re-election as Governor of Michigan. The rap praises Whitmer for funding local services like education or fixing the roads and supporting job and skills schemes.

Who won her re-election? Gretch did.

To watch: Peter Smith, our Commissioning Editor for England and Wales has been watching a 'Lost Worlds' documentary on Detroit, Michigan on the UK's Channel 5. Don't get that where you live? Don't worry. He's written it all up in a blog post: What do we do when the economic and social infrastructure of a city collapses?

More staff for more staff picks. Come and work with us!

We're hiring! We need a UK or Ireland based Research Assistant. A great role doing impactful research with our Local Democracy Research Centre at the best place you will ever work. If it's not for you, forward this email to someone you know who's awesome.

Exclusive policy briefings

Our latest Membership and Global Local subscription briefings:

This week's Global Local bulletin for corporate members and GL subscribers is on support for veterans.

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LGIU events and training

Practical project management

Online Training | 10:00–15:00 (GMT) | 25 November Learn a simple project framework to apply to the work currently on your docket and get your projects back on track. Book now!

Global Local Executive Panel: Rural and coastal issues

LGIU and the Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) bring you a special Global Local Executive Panel where we’ll bring together Chief Executives from rural and coastal councils in Ireland, the UK and Australia to talk about their experiences facing the unique challenges presented to rural and coastal communities and how they’ve dealt with certain issues.

FREE for LGiU or VLGA members (non-members $49.50/£29.70)

Date: 1 December 2022


  • 07:30 GMT
  • 18:30 AEDT

Asks and offers

Sister cities in tough times:Urban Diplomacy in times of multiple crises”. The Urban Diplomacy Exchange (UDE) project is commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office and carried out by Engagement Global and its Service Agency Communities in One World in cooperation with the Association of German Cities.

The event will take place on 7 and 8 December 2022 via Zoom platform and local governments interested can use the following Online Registration – SKEW (

In Scotland: The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s needs local government views on Scotland’s forest expansion campaign. Click here to find out more and to get involved

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And finally...

This story made us smile...nervously

I'm a celebrity...

Broadcaster and journalist Charlene White also has questions to ask of fellow contestant and UK Member of Parliament Matt Hancock.
Haverhill Town Council members have accused Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, of abandoning his constituents after he chose to become a contestant on the UK's ITV reality TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Mr Hancock has also filmed a series of another show, Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, which will be shown next year. In a letter sent to his office, the 13-member council says: "Currently there is no-one to speak for West Suffolk in the House of Commons and your actions are unlikely to gain any sympathy for the area when all the other parliamentarians are in the chamber fighting their own corners. By your actions you have made it clear to everyone that you see your future outside of politics". The letter concludes by saying that the councillors "ask you to do the honourable thing and resign your seat so you can follow your chosen path and clear the pitch for someone who wants to serve the people of West Suffolk."
The Daily Telegraph

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