This week’s And Finally newsletter covers all the latest updates across our member countries plus new briefings on the topic of gambling and refugees. We also share a happy news story about turning a former swimming pool into a skatepark.
And Finally... 20 Jan 2023
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LGIU articles and comment
Read the LGIU response to the UK Government’s latest levelling up funding allocation, a funding model that we believe must change.
On one of December’s many frosty mornings, LGiU Scotland spoke with Cllr Morrison, President of COSLA, in a conversation that ranged from major league baseball, to financing local government and the importance of hybrid working.
A loophole in benefits regulation for ‘exempt housing’ for people who need extra support in their homes could mean a huge bill for the public purse. Find out how West Devon is leading the fight to prevent ‘overcharging’ in England.
Free briefing: Gambling and the role of local government
Australia has amongst the highest average gambling losses globally, yet the negative impacts of gambling often remain hidden due to cultural normalisation. This is the first in a series of briefings which will explore the full complex issue with a focus on the role local government can play in preventing gambling harm.
Country policy roundups
Keep up with key developments in LGIU sister countries.
All Things Scotland: 2023 levelling up fund- who gets what? A rundown on the levelling up fund, plus more policy news, key reports and more.
All Things Ireland: Outcomes from COP-27 - our latest briefing on climate change in Ireland and other key updates for Irish local authorities.
All things England: LGIU’s Peter Smith rounds up the policy news with a look at 'levelling up', parking up and more.
The Australia Policy Roundup is included in the Monday Daily News and is brought to you this week with the latest updates from the Australian Local Government Association.
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LGIU staff picks:
This week, we're sharing articles that made us think, laugh or just piqued our interest. What would you recommend?
For a spin on our usual media recommendations, we thought we'd recommend the articles and think pieces that stuck with us this week:
Ingrid Koehler: Why do rich people love quiet? The Atlantic.
Heather Yedigaroff: Four dogs, three cats, two snakes, a tortoise: what 30 years of pets have taught me about life, The Guardian.
Jonathan Carr-West: The Reluctant Prophet of Effective Altruism, the New Yorker.
Kim Fellows: Islands of isolation: The challenges of island living for dementia patients, PoliticsHome.
Hannah Muirhead: Coffee, with a side of deadline hectoring, The New Yorker.
Sid Hayward: Life After Death: SPIN’s 1996 Feature On The Unspeakable War In Sarajevo, SPIN.
Exclusive LGIU member policy briefings
Our latest Membership briefings, find out more about joining LGIU.
- Performance Tracker 2022: public services after two years of Covid-19. England & Wales.
- No place like home: How the UK falls short over housing for older people
- New Britain – Report of the Commission on the UK’s Future’ and what it might mean for local government
- Scottish Budget 2023-24 and funding for public services – more hard times ahead for local government
Even though you're not a member, 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.
New year, new skills
Your 2023 training programme is here
This story made us smile.
Skatepark plans for former Ayrshire swimming pool
The iconic seafront baths at Troon (Scotland) are set for a new purpose with the hollow shell to be turned into a multi-purpose arena for skateboarders, rollerbladers, BMX and scooter riders. The project has become a reality thanks to developer contributions from Lynch Homes and Stewart Milne Homes. Cllr Bob Pollock, economic development portfolio holder for South Ayrshire Council, said: "There has been interest in the wheeled zone from all across the west coast, so it will bring people into the town and help boost the local economy."
The Daily Record
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