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Members & Global Local

Building better: inclusive planning to create spaces for everyone

This briefing highlights the importance of inclusive planning in creating public spaces for all, particularly for traditionally underserved communities. It sheds light on the challenges faced by trans and non-binary people, who are disproportionately affected by violence and social exclusion and provides recommendations for councils to support and engage with this community.

England & Wales, Global, Northern Ireland, Scotland
Members & Global Local

Gender-mainstreaming in Wien: equality lessons for local government

A case study of Vienna’s gender-inclusive approach to urban planning, highlighting projects such as the Urban Development Plan, Reumannplatz, and Aspern Seestadt. This briefing explores how a gender-sensitive perspective can address traditional inequities, create safer public spaces and promote environmental sustainability.

Global, Northern Ireland With case study

Lessons in partnerships from the Northern Councils Alliance

This briefing looks at the Northern Councils Alliance as an example of what can be achieved when local governments commit to ongoing collaboration to benefit their entire region, and explores the key features that have underpinned the alliance’s success to date.

Australia With case study

Ireland’s Planning and Development Bill 2023 – Parts 1 and 2

In this second briefing of our series covering the Planning and Development Bill, we examine Parts 1 and 2 of the proposed legislation. These two parts contain some of the essential building blocks, which underpin many of the other parts of the Bill.


Emergency call: How councils are flagging up Scotland’s housing crisis

During the past nine months, three local authorities in Scotland have declared a housing emergency – other councils may follow soon. This briefing looks at the reasons for the emergencies declared so far, the steps that councils take next and possible solutions.

Scotland With case study

English councils’ financial distress – how bad is it really?

This briefing examines the fragility of local government finances in the context of the DLUHC Select Committee report, Financial distress in local authorities, and the LGIU’s survey report The State of Local Government Finance in England 2024.

England & Wales

Practical project management

Set yourself up for success with practical tools like key questions to ask and a simple project framework to apply to the work currently in your docket.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa