As we launch our new manifesto for local government Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGIU, outlines how we plan to work with the global community of local government to share learning and build a stronger foundation for local delivery in the 21st century.
This new report from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre, written by our partners at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Care looks at the implications for local government of a national care service plan as proposed by the Scottish government.
This project, with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, has been exploring the potential to create stable local economies that support strong social and environmental outcomes without economic growth.
Councillors at the casino? The differentiated landscape of local council financial strategies in England
Professor Andy Pike from Newcastle University explores how financial innovation has become part of the repertoire for local councils struggling to close funding gaps in England. He explains how these practices are connected to characterisations of ‘councillors at the casino’ running risks with taxpayers’ money and taking a public service gamble, jeopardising essential service provisions.
Communities and governments worldwide are facing a challenging future due to inflation, inequality, disruptive technology, geopolitical tensions, and climate change. In this briefing, Professor Richard Eccleston from the University of Tasmania unpacks the increasingly challenging issue of local government funding in Australia.
To mark the launch of a research project on the State of Local Government Finance in Scotland, LGIU and Solace hosted a roundtable discussion with senior Officers in Scottish local government to give a “behind the scenes” picture of local government finance in Scotland.
This Q&A with Barry Winchester from the UK charity Friends, Families and Travellers discusses their latest report reviewing the available site provisions for the needs of Gypsy and Traveller people. It is a must-read, as the findings have significant implications and lessons for local government.
This report from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre looks at the hugely important role of the monitoring officer in English local government and makes recommendations for changes to improve the status and effectiveness of the position.
To mark the launch of a research project on the State of Local Government Finance in Scotland, LGIU and Solace hosted a roundtable discussion with Senior Officers in Scottish local government to present five applicable local government finance lessons from LGIU’s international research.
We chatted with Dr. Beth Heidelberg from Minnesota State University to discuss her niche specialism in exploring local government’s relationship with the dark tourism industry, including analysis of hotspots like Salem, Clear Lake, Holcombe and Amityville. This Q&A is a must-read for all who are curious about the real-life implications of these ‘dark’ attractions.