This week’s And Finally newsletter includes an article from the City of Bendigo about creating a circular economy; a new Global Local looking at maternal and infant health; and, a great chat with Aberdeenshire Council’s Chief Executive, Jim Savege. Plus, the And Finally story this week is all about St. Paddy’s Day.
And Finally... 17 February 2023
Our weekly round-up of shareable resources!
Welcome to 'And finally'
The LGIU (Local Government Information Unit) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan membership organisation. You are not an LGIU member, so we encourage you to explore our membership options and contribute to the community supporting strong local democracy and governance everywhere.
Our purpose is to keep local government informed, engaged and connected and this newsletter is for sharing. Please do pass it on to colleagues in local government, wherever they might be.
Global Local: Featured content
Read our notable practice highlights on everything from more effective consultations, to fall prevention and tourism from our four Daily News services and other case study resources published in the last month.
Local solutions to global challenges.
LGIU articles and comment
Collecting and diverting materials from landfills is one thing but creating a circular economy for recyclable materials is another. While countries across the world operate various structures to incentivise the return of recyclable goods, this blog explores Bendigo’s plan to incentivise a circular economy for recyclable goods.
Aberdeenshire’s strapline is From Mountain to Sea, the very best of Scotland. Our team spoke with Jim Savege, the Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire about they're living up to that and about the challenges of budget, keeping public toilets open, affordable housing and so much more.
Translating the urgency for climate action into local communities is not always straightforward. This article by Kildare County Council’s Senior Executive Officer, Alan Dunney, highlights how a partnership between Irish local authorities and Ireland’s largest sporting organisation has been driving forward a programme of climate action activities across every town and village in Ireland.
As the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) comes into play this week, Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of the Green Action Trust writes about the importance of embedding the climate and nature emergencies across planning policy and placing a stronger emphasis than ever before on the tangible actions that can address these twin crises.
In his latest column for the Municipal Journal, LGIU’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West, discusses the uncertain financial outlook for local government in England as the country faces a period of economic recovery while also trialling out the increasingly popular ChatGPT AI tool.
Country policy roundups
Keep up with key developments in LGIU sister countries.
All Things Scotland- Nicola Sturgeon leaving, what might that mean for public services and local government in Scotland? What the latest policy and finance developments mean plus reports and briefings.
All Things Ireland: key updates for local authorities This week's 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.
We want to hear from you!
We're always looking to amplify the voice of local government. We can help you showcase your developments.
- tech and social care
- role of women in local government
- climate change action in a cost of living crisis
- derelict properties
- maternal and infant support
- young people and local democracy
Got another idea? Drop a note in our online suggestion box.
LGIU staff picks
We're highlighting some of the articles that made us think this week
- Jonathan Carr-West read: What ChatGPT can't teach my writing students in The Atlantic.
- Unfazed by the future Nicola Sturgeon, left on her own terms was suggested
- by our Scotland editing commissioner Kim Fellows.
- Ingrid Koehler, our head of content, admits she didn't read the report, but says the online summary of Older People in Wales Are Facing a Housing Disrepair Crisis was a thoughtful read about private housing stock.
- Heather Yedigaroff our chief of operations has an out-of-this-world suggestion. ‘Perfect explosion’: merger of neutron stars creates spherical cosmic blast
Exclusive LGIU member policy briefings
Our latest Membership briefings, find out more about joining LGIU.
Even though you're not a member yet , there’s still a wealth of local government content for you – create a free website account for non-members and take advantage of our global local government community. Get in touch with our membership team Hannah Muirhead and Jack Lister to find out more about the benefits of membership or start a free trial.
This story made us smile.
Save the date! It's gonna be a big one.
|The Government has announced the 2023 St Patrick's Day programme, which will see the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Government Ministers take part in an extensive international programme to promote Ireland and Irish interests around the world. This year’s programme will see the widest yet engagement by Ireland with Ministers reaching out to partner governments and Irish communities on every continent. In all, 36 representatives of the State will bring Ireland’s message to 74 cities in 44 countries. Ministers will acknowledge a number of important milestones which occur this year: The centenary of Ireland’s joining the League of Nations, the fiftieth anniversary of our accession to the then EEC, and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
This story comes from Ireland Daily News.
Daily News an LGIU member-only service.
Daily News keeps you connected to all the local government stories in the national and regional press.
Copyright © 2022 LGiU, All rights reserved.
You have been sent this email because you signed up to receive local government content from the LGIU.
Our mailing address is:
LGiU251 Pentonville RoadLondon, N1 9NGUnited Kingdom
Add us to your address book
Want to change how you receive these emails? Why not update your preferences to pick and choose the type of alerts you receive. You can unsubscribe from this list (but doing so will mean that you will not receive any content from us, including LGiU daily news and other LGiU policy briefings).