Covid-19 has presented enormous challenges to public services, which have had to respond, adapt and innovate. The House of Lords public service committee has published an analysis of how public services responded to the pandemic, lessons to be learned and key principles for transforming public services for the future.
While the world’s attention remains focused on the pandemic, this year’s Climate Week comes as a timely reminder that Covid-19 is not the only crisis the planet faces. LGIU’s Alice Creasy writes on how climate change is already affecting the UK, and the role of local authorities in working to incorporate climate strategies into recovery.
In his latest column for The Municipal Journal, Jonathan Carr-West considers the assertion that devolution is ‘dead in the water’, and emphasises the need for a Levelling Up agenda that accounts for people and places.
Eighteen months on from the Portas Review of high streets, the Government has published a progress report on national and local policies and initiatives to revitalise high streets and town centres. This briefing summarises the report and offers comment on key related developments and issues affecting high streets policy. This briefing is relevant to councillors…
Dog mess is one of the most common causes of complaints to local councils. What innovative solutions are out there that councils, both in the UK and in Ireland, are using? This Swift Read outlines ways of tackling dog fouling using examples of different solutions used by various local authorities.
In this briefing, Denis Conlan, LGiU Associate, considers the issues that may arise with the 2020 Programme for Government undertaking, focusing particularly on the recent IPA report and having regard to the rationale and objectives behind the municipal district system.
In recent years, Canada has developed an immigration policy seeing millions arrive, including in rural locations. This is the work of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), a partnership and program between federal and local government incentivising more remote and isolated communities to accept migrants. This briefing outlines the role of Canadian municipalities in…
The results of the 2020 General Election have left a deadlocked Dáil with three parties, two of which will have to come together – with support from other TDs – to form a working majority. This briefing looks at the political history of coalition formation in Ireland, linking to the current deadlock.
Clear advice from councils is helping people negotiate Covid-19. But how can they best ensure it reaches residents and business? We look at some of the issues local authorities face and highlight good practice from around the UK, including use of social media as well as websites.