Christmas gift ideas, active travel and sustainable waste management planning – all included in your weekly round-up of all things LGIU.
And Finally... 4 Nov. 22
Our weekly round-up of shareable resources!
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Some hope in a time of crisis: cost of living
All over the world, people are facing a cost of living crisis. Rising demand, labour shortages in some markets and external shocks are driving up prices everywhere. Local government is stepping in to work with partners and support residents. Read the latest article from LGIU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West on how councils are providing some hope. Check out our updated bundle of resources on different aspects of the crisis which includes a new Global Local Bulletin on the subject.
More from LGIU
A sustainable approach to waste is an imperative for every local government. Find out how Maroondah City Council became the first Australian Council to supply municipal solid waste to the Maryvale Energy Energy from Waste facility in Victoria.
Many councils are making heroic efforts to support their communities during the cost of living crisis. Councillor Ruth Berkley from South Tyneside Council outlines their approach with partners.
Our new weekly overview from the LGIU Ireland Team. Our third edition summarises recent LGIU briefings, and brings you the most comprehensive breakdown of everything related to local government from the week so far.
Museums can reflect community spirt, history and identity as well as shaping the future by providing skills and underpin economic vitality. But local museums are under threat, find out how museums and communities are helping each other thrive.
A highlight of what's to come next month as well as an overview of our recent briefings that will support councils in Scotland as well as links to key policy announcements and happenings.
Galway City Council tells us about supporting active travel and how they became the first Irish Council to implement a City Centre School Street.
LGIU staff picks
Weekly highlights of what we're reading, watching or listening to that we thought you might like, too. What do you recommend?
To read/listen: Simone Short, our events coordinator, has revealed yet another talent - apparently she's been refinishing furniture. A great time to listen to an audiobook. She's been listening to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It was a beautiful novel centred on a 30-year old English woman living in Scotland who slowly uncovers her own traumatic past as she begins to integrate into society, make friends, and fall in and out of love. Also highlights some of the deep failings of the child and adult social care systems in Scotland — despite their good intentions.
To gift: If you celebrate Christmas, then you'll know the shopping days are counting down...quickly. Kim Fellows, based in Edinburgh, spotted the ultimate local government gift pack which our London-based team members especially loved. A local government soap and sock pack. It's offered by Open City UK, a non-profit, which celebrates city architecture and aims to make spaces more accessible to everyone. It's part of an international network of 'open house' organisations.
Exclusive policy briefings
Our latest Membership and Global Local subscription briefings:
- Just Transition: Lessons from the Latrobe Valley Authority Australia, open to members
- UK Parliamentary update, England and Wales, Open to members
- Health, public health and social care round-up: October 2022. UK, open to members.
- Global Local Bulletin: Cost of living crisis Open to LGIU members and Global Local subscribers
- Autumn parliamentary summary: Westminster and Holyrood. Scotland, open to members.
- The kids aren’t alright – Onward report on attitudes towards democracy. UK, open to members
Check out our website for all the articles and resources mentioned in this newsletter and much more. Some of the links above will take you to member-only content – if you are with one of our member organisations, create your free member website account and use everything we have.
Not a member? There’s still a wealth of local government content for you – create a free website account for non-members and be part of our global local government community.
LGIU events and training
Online Training | 10:00–15:00 (GMT) | 29 November
The intellectual demands of councillors and officers are hefty, but the techniques you’ll learn in this session will help you absorb and retain information at light speed. Sign up now!
One year on from COP-26, LGIU and VLGA bring you a panel of council Chief Executives from across the globe to discuss what’s happened in the last twelve months and the ongoing implications for local government of the COP-26 discussions and resolutions.
Free for LGiU or VLGA members (non-members $49.50/£29.70)
Date: Thursday 10 November
- 08:30 UK/Ireland
- 18:30 AEDT
This story made us smile.
No room at the Mansion for ewe
We understand that some traditions can't just be easily shorn. Some lambent a recent Dublin City Council decision, so an upcoming vote should really separate the sheep from the goats. We're certain that all be wool in the end.
|The live crib [creche/ nativity] at Dublin's Mansion House, a joint initiative between Dublin City Council and the Irish Farmers Association, has been cancelled for the first time since 1995, with Lord Mayor Caroline Conroy saying that protocols introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic meant that it would only have been possible for children to view the animals through a perspex screen. "The idea", she said, "was that we'd get a more interactive, fun, winter wonderland-look to the front of the Mansion House." However, Fine Gael councillors are bringing forward an emergency motion to the next council meeting calling for the crib to be reinstated, a move backed by Office of Public Works minister Patrick O'Donovan.
Kildare Nationalist Irish Times Online Irish Times Online RTE.ie TheJournal.ie
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