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Greening without gentrification needs local government leadership

Impacts of the climate crisis are being seen across the world and local authorities are developing vital measures that will not only reduce emissions but help communities adapt to climate change. While such sustainability interventions clearly have important environmental and social benefits, there is a risk that these developments will exacerbate social, racial, and economic…

England & Wales, Scotland With case study
Members & Global Local

The impact of funding cuts on local events and activities

This briefing looks at the social and community benefits of running local cultural events and the risks of losing those benefits in the face of funding cuts. It looks at potential solutions to maintaining events in the light of reduced resources, covering five case studies.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study
Members

The rates system in Northern Ireland – part 2

This is part two of our series on the ratings system in Northern Ireland and its role in funding local government. In this briefing, we examine experiences from across the UK and consider how lessons might be applied in Northern Ireland.

Global, Northern Ireland
Members

Recognising the post-pandemic potential of markets in Australia

During the pandemic, markets emerged as crucial elements in community wealth-building by providing affordable food and a sense of community. In this briefing, Dr Fiona Whitworth and Dr Marcus Spiller examine this relationship between markets and community wealth building further.

Australia With case study
Members

Delivering decentralised decisions: Local government in Denmark

The European Charter of Local Self-Government, a benchmark international treaty, affirms the role of local communities in exercising democracy. This briefing draws on the CLRAE report on Denmark’s compliance with the Charter, to illustrate important features of the well-functioning Danish local self-government system.

Global
Members

What do the manifestos mean for local government? How the election is shaping up for the sector

This briefing examines the key proposals from the UK political party manifestos impacting local government and their services ahead of the general election. Focus areas include devolution, education, social care, housing, and environmental reforms. Highlighting desirability and feasibility, it offers insights valuable for local government councillors and officers.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland
Members

Walk in my shoes: Understanding councils and the NHS working together

This briefing looks at the many ways local government and NHS teams work together and accompanies part one covering health and social care. From community planning to resilience, it is important to see that the work of both sectors is interlinked, mutually supportive and requires joint working to effectively deliver.

Scotland
Members

Irelands Housing Needs Assessment 2023

This briefing reviews, in detail, the Ireland Housing Agency’s Summary of Social Housing Assessments report. Considering what the figures tell us about the nature of the demand for social housing in Ireland and how this has changed over the past decade.

Ireland
Members

Australia’s fertility rate is declining, but is this the whole story?

Australia’s total fertility rate is declining, but this doesn’t necessarily result in a lower number of births. This distinction is important, and this briefing describes the relationship with other demographic characteristics and the implications for local government service planning.

Australia With case study
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First hand international perspectives on the risks and rewards of being a councillor

This briefing explores the challenges faced by local councillors in various countries. It highlights the personal and political tribulations of balancing public service with the harsh realities of a polarised political climate, including harassment, work-life imbalance, and mental health struggles. The narrative also underscores the intrinsic satisfaction derived from community improvement despite these adversities.

Global