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.
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”.…
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.
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.
This briefing reflects on the different models of direct election that have been proposed over the past 20 years and the steps leading up to the current Limerick departure which was approved by plebiscite in 2019 but rejected by the voters of Cork and Waterford.
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.
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.
The December 2020 roundup of recent local government relevant reports and publications from leading think tanks in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
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.
The UK spends £290 billion on public procurement every year, making it an important tool in achieving national and local policy priorities such as promoting economic development. The UK government has published a green paper on reforming procurement rules, with the aim of improving quality, transparency and value for money.