This week, we look at the power of waffles to combat loneliness, our favourite town halls and a heartwarming Christmas tradition story from Limerick in Ireland.
And Finally... 09 Dec. 22
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2022 has been quite a year but before we put it behind us, we want to take this opportunity to reflect on some of our LGIU briefing highlights over the last twelve months. Today, we’re showcasing just a glimpse of the great work that was published during Quarter Two: April, May and June!
Quarter Two theme is connection and community
Having connection and community is, not only critical for us all but a core philosophy of local government, which are one of the biggest facilitators of connecting people and communities together.
The multi-faceted role councils play in providing a sense of place and belonging contributes greatly to the wider picture of unity. The following briefings not only offer some fantastic reading but also explore some great examples of ways that communities can become better connected and stronger through local government. Happy reading!
Supporting all of local government
Councillor Jim Magee, Mayor of the City of Glen Eira, outlines the challenges for local government in Victoria and the need for change and funding reform. “Costs are increasing much quicker than local government can cover, and it’s putting services at risk.”
We chat with Matt Smith, Director of the Waffle House, Axminster, a non-profit cafe and community hub designed to tackle loneliness and 'unwantedness' in the community.
Alice Creasy & Ben O’Hickey from WSP’s Net Zero Cities and Natural Capital teams reflect on the role that cities must play in tackling the biodiversity crisis.
Owain Johnstone, Partnership Manager at the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, discusses the research and resources available to help local government address issues of modern slavery in their communities.
This week in our free, lighter version of Global Local, 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.
This week in local government
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LGIU staff picks: Our favourite town halls
Weekly highlights of what we're reading, watching or listening to that we thought you might like, too. What do you recommend?
This week we bring you the favourite town halls of Heather Yedigaroff, Chief Operations Officer and Thomas Lynch, International Operations Assistant. We asked our two newest members of staff to interview each other and share their experiences a month or so into the role. Heather and Thomas also shared some of their favourite briefings, favourite local authority amenities and their aspirations for supporting our LGIU members as they grow in their roles. Read it all here.
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- Putting democracy, wellbeing and culture first: Insights from New Zealand’s Future for Local Government review, Open to corporate members
- Housing targets as a tool for strategic planning, Australia, Open to corporate members
- Parliamentary update: November 2022, UK, Open to corporate members
- Youth round-up: December 2022, Mainly England, some UK-wide. Open to corporate members.
- Health, public health and social care round-up UK, Open to corporate members
- Global Local Think Tank Review December 2022, Open to GL subscribers and corporate members
- Scotland policy roundup Winter 2022, Open to corporate members
- Cork County Council: A month in the life (Ireland), Open to corporate members
- Scotland’s public finances – unprecedented challenges for 2023-24, Open to corporate members
This week, we’re looking at the issue of loneliness and what local governments can do to address it in their communities.
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This story made us smile...
Everyone's Christmas in Limerick
|Limerick City and County Council is partnering with the Hunt Museum on a new event, International Christmas in Limerick, which will feature a number of presentations and performances to showcase Christmas and other end-of-year traditions from around the world. Council arts officer Dr Pippa Little says Limerick "is home to just under 100 nationalities, and this new event in the Christmas in Limerick calendar is just the beginning of a new journey together at wintertime, to celebrate belonging and what belonging means in Limerick today".
This story comes from Daily News, an LGIU member-only service.
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