This week’s And Finally newsletter includes a new report from the Local Democracy Research Centre looking at the state of local government finance in England; a Global Local newsletter for International Women’s Day; and, a post from John Boswell from the University of Southampton reflecting on Citizen Assemblies.
And Finally... 10 March 2023
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Local Government Finance
New report from LGIU's Local Democracy Research Centre
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More from LGIU
In this week’s Global Local, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day, examining how to improve women’s participation in local government and how local government can help improve the lives of women and girls.
Professor John Boswell from the University of Southampton reflects on his experience at the Kingston Citizen Assembly and how it helped him make sense of the nuanced motivations of practitioners and the quiet stoicism of those committed to promoting better ways of making policy.
As part of LGIU’s coverage for International Women’s Day, Dr Michelle Maher, Programme Manager of See Her Elected, discusses how they are working to increase women’s participation in local government, especially ahead of the 2024 local elections in Ireland.
Women in the UK are less likely to ask for a pay-rise and less likely to be successful when they ask. According to a 2022 YouGov survey, 43% of men have asked for a pay-rise, compared to a third of women. Of these men, 31% were successful in receiving a salary increase, compared to just 21% of women. Women are routinely undervalued for the work they do and this pay progression gap contributes to wider income and societal inequality between men and women.
Are we seeing a rising tide of political violence against councillors? As we launch our 2023 election resources, we look at rising levels of hostility and offer councillors, candidates and election staff some sensible support and a call for action and awareness.
To celebrate the work of Scotland’s 32 local authorities and the thousands of caterers who work tirelessly to provide high-quality, nutritionally balanced, sustainably sourced menus, this article from ASSIST FM and Food for Life Scotland reflects on just how far the sector has come.
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This story made us smile.
Protections for popular penguins in Penguin
|Residents of the coastal town of Penguin have applied to the Tasmanian Heritage Council to have Australia's first heritage-listed rubbish bins amid concerns about the future of what they say is an "iconic" town feature. Locals want to see 12 penguin-themed rubbish bins, as well as the town’s Big Penguin sculpture, included in the state’s Heritage Register. Libby Burton, president of the Penguin Makeover Community, described them as “unique”, adding: "We are trying to protect this history for future generations. They are such an important part of our main street and we would not be happy for them to go elsewhere”. The town is home to just over 4,000 people and gained its name from its once-thriving little penguin population.
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