This week’s And Finally newsletter asks whether local government is in a state of ‘permacrisis’ and on a lighter note, includes a great story from Exeter City Council and some new staff picks of articles that have made them think.
And Finally... 10 February 2023
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Global Local: Is local government in a state of 'permacrisis'?
Local solutions to global challenges.
At the World Economic Forum in January 2023, discussions were particularly focused on the potential for global extreme risks, such as permacrisis, polycrisis (both of which were selected as 'Words of the Year' by renowned global publications in 2022), megathreats, 'black swan' events and 'grey rhinos'. These may appear to be a world away from the troubles local governments currently face. They’re not.
This week's edition of Global Local focuses on risk management, extreme events and how the biggest crisis of all may be the failure to deal with risk in new ways.
LGIU articles and comment
Get involved with The Local Democracy Research Centre at LGIU. We’re working on a variety of projects for 2023 that bring rigorous research to find practical solutions. From international comparisons of local government funding to community support for local net zero action, and a toolkit to build inclusive economies and more.
From the peace process to Covid and workforce issues, County Louth has seen plenty of challenges but there are also many opportunities. Find out how Chief Exec Joan Martin is treading the line.
Dave Lewis from Exeter City Council talks to us about their comedy night and how it’s brought not just laughs but contributed to the culture, heritage and economy of the city.
Country policy roundups
Keep up with key developments in LGIU sister countries.
All things Scotland: is the existence of local government under threat? What the latest policy and finance developments mean plus reports and briefings.
All Things Ireland: key updates for local authorities In a big week for housing updates and Protocol politics, this weeks All Things Ireland summarises all the key local government updates to keep your 2023 informed and connected!
All things England: Peter Smith rounds up the policy news with a look at finance, vulnerable youth, the condition of social housing and more.
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. This week includes ALGA national conference announcement and using old mobile phones to save lives.
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LGIU staff picks
We're highlighting the articles that made us think this week
- Thomas Lynch suggests: Big read: ‘Island life isn’t for everybody’ - Meet Rathlin’s diverse community from the Belfast Telegraph (£)
- Andrew Walker has been reading: Rereading Russian Classics in the Shadow of the Ukraine War, New Yorker ($, with some free articles)
- Sean O'Riordain has been reading about rewilding beavers to restore wetland and lamenting that since they've never lived in Ireland they can't be reintroduced to a pond near him. Sorry Sean!
- Kim Fellows spotted this heartfelt blog post from late last year: Community led levelling up – insights from Redcar
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- Global Think Tank Review: January 2023 Housing affordability, data for policy formation and more
- What does ‘permacrisis’ mean for local government?
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This story made us smile.
Just a little late
|A woman who kept an overdue library book she borrowed when she was 14 has returned it more than half a century later. Lesley Harrison, 70, borrowed Ich Lerne Deutsch while studying for her O-levels in 1966, but had been too scared to face the 3p-a-week fine. However, she made the decision to take the book to Killingworth Library after hearing that the council had abolished its late charges, and was offering a prize for the most overdue book in North Tyneside. Cllr Sandra Graham said: "Just for fun, we did a rough calculation of the late fee that a book 56 years overdue could have incurred and it would have come to more than £2,000. The book is in a great condition, and I want to thank Lesley for bringing it back."
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