The set of elections on 6 May are complicated, extensive and fascinating. What are the main themes in the campaigns? What will the results tell us about the state of devolution and local government in 2021?
Following the upheaval of the past year, the time is right for a radical restructuring of power, politics and policy around the needs of local places. That’s why we argue in this paper, and in the full report that will be published on Wednesday 16 June, that the UK needs a new “settlement for place”.…
A Social Renewal Advisory Board was set up by Scottish Government in 2020 to make proposals for Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic and planning for social progression. In January 2021, the final report “If not now, when?” was published, making 20 calls to action for national and local government.
In a comprehensive survey of council leaders, chief executives and heads of democratic services told us that we must delay local elections to the Autumn and we must do it now.
Scottish Government produced its first national population strategy in March 2021, framing and responding to the demographic challenges that Scotland faces. The strategy outlines a programme of work to address these challenges and harness new opportunities.
In this episode focusing on the local elections planned for May, Ingrid Koehler interviews Professor of Politics, Toby James, on the global lessons of running an election in a pandemic. Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid also discuss new LGIU research on going to the polls in May.
Special Report on Covid-19 in Northern Ireland and its impact on structures of Government one year on
As Ireland passes the one year anniversary of the first reported Covid-19 cases, it is perhaps an appropriate time to reflect on the changes the pandemic has wrought on government systems in the last 12 months – this time looking at Northern Ireland.
A current ban on evictions cannot go on indefinitely: what are the prospects for tenants who have built up substantial rent arrears during the pandemic? Unless loans and other financial support are offered, widespread homelessness may be inevitable. We looks at the options being proposed from different organisations.
Uniting the Movement is Sport England’s new ten-year strategy to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity. The key priorities are: recovery and reinvention; connecting communities; positive experiences for children and young people; connecting with health and wellbeing; and active environments.
The Victorian Auditor-General recently presented his 2019-20 audit report to Parliament. This briefing focusses on the results, with a particular focus on the sector’s financial performance, position, and financial sustainability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.