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Net zero neighbourhoods: Innovative investment at the local level to transform urban living

We chatted with Rufus Grantham, the originator behind net-zero neighbourhoods, aiming to revolutionise 100 European cities by 2030. Transitioning from finance to sustainability, Rufus innovated a model blending private finance with urban retrofitting and suggests that community-wide approaches led by local government are key to sustainable transformation and reaching net zero goals.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland

Thank you to electoral staff

It is often overlooked how much our democracy depends, in a very practical way, on local government staff. Jonathan Carr-West extends his thanks to electoral staff who make elections, like the ones in England and Wales on 2 May, possible.

England & Wales

The challenges of planning and running UK elections

Andrew Smith, Chair of the Association of Electoral Administrators, provides insights into the challenges of preparing for and running UK elections. Discussing the work involved, from booking polling stations to training staff, and so much more. He also addresses changes to the Elections Act, overseas electors, and constituency boundary changes.

England & Wales

Reclaiming CEO recruitment for sustainable local governance

In today’s resource-scarce environment, a well-matched CEO is crucial for organisational stability and effectively managing public services. This briefing emphasises the need for councils to reduce reliance on external headhunters in CEO recruitment and focus on long-term organisational stability.

Australia, Global

My vote matters: make 2024 accessible voting year

Gáibhin McGranaghan, Spokesperson at My Vote My Voice, raises concerns about the accessibility of our democratic systems and the issues this causes. My Vote My Voice is working to empower disabled communities by building a coalition of supporters to upskill their understanding, develop easy read resources, and sign an open letter to support accessible voting.

England & Wales, Global

Addressing the challenges of rural education in the UK

This briefing examines the challenges facing local authorities in delivering quality education to young people in rural communities across the UK. It also proposes solutions to those challenges, with examples from a variety of different local authority areas.

England & Wales, Scotland With case study

What is the health and social care ecosystem?

This article discusses the complexity of health and social care as a system shared almost everywhere. It highlights the importance of supporting informal, local organisations that play an indispensable role in the healthcare ecosystem. Shedding light on the issues facing healthcare and the challenges policymakers face in trying to regulate – is it time for…

Members & Global Local

Is it too difficult to reform social care?

This briefing from University of Birmingham researchers explores the difficulties of social care reform which evoke key issues such as the rebalancing of central and local government relations and new fiscal challenges. Using the metaphor of a social care ecosystem, it outlines how this can help us think about reform.

England & Wales, Scotland