LGiU had some new neighbours move into the next office over the holidays. We are very excited to work alongside Changemakers as we believe their aims match ours – empowering people to take a lead and strengthening communities. As a way to introduce them to our network, we have asked them to write a guest blog outlining the great work they do, and how you…
This briefing examines the issues around building metropolitan governance arrangements to underpin a strategic planning framework for Ireland, noting how the move towards metropolitan arrangements is now a common feature of local and regional public service reform across the OECD.
This briefing covers the proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), on which the government is currently consulting. It addresses the main proposals by theme, dealing at length with housing delivery and affordable housing before going on to look at issues relating to place-making, transport, conservation and sustainability.
This briefing summarises and comments on a report of a research review by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. The report aims to give providers and users of services an overview of the research evidence for joint and integrated working. It focuses on jointly-organised services for older people and people with mental health problems in…
Councils say walking infrastructure & green space not priority for developers in rush to build new homes
A new report out today from the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and the Ramblers has found that nine out of ten councils say access to walking infrastructure is a priority for new developments built in their areas, but only half feel that developers share this view.
The briefing provides a summary of the Government’s white paper on improving the approach to anti-social behaviour. The proposals are designed to put the needs of the victim first. A number of proposals stem from identified weaknesses in current anti-social behaviour powers that are cumbersome, difficult to apply and routinely breached. The briefing will be…
Covid-19 has exacerbated and accelerated a period of huge disruption across many parts of the globe. Dr Andy Johnston looks at the implications of this disruption for local government and examines potential future scenarios for the future of the sector.
The AmeriCorps programme in the US has revolutionised volunteering and social change. This briefing outlines the AmeriCorps programme and makes suggestions for ideas should a similar-styled programme be considered for Scotland.
In this essay we look at the results from a new LGIU survey on perceptions of misinformation, and explore: how trust is under threat, the link between trust and an effective pandemic response, how jurisdictional disputes and misinformation undermine trust and how we can shore up trust for local recovery.
In many ways communities and individuals have shown extraordinary resilience over the past year, but, writes Janet Sillett, the key story has been the brutal exposure and exacerbation of a myriad of social and economic inequalities. Where do we go from here?