Topic: Communities and society

From social engagement to civic action – how can local government engage citizens in democracy and delivery? What can communities do for themselves with the support of local public bodies?


International local government news 16.07.24

Here are the latest newsworthy and interesting stories from the local government sector that caught our attention. In this round-up of what’s happening right now in the world of local government, you’ll find best practices, inspiration, and more from across the sector.

Global Blog-article

UK examples of town centre regeneration

This briefing explores local government’s role in town centre regeneration, examining public-private partnership models in detail, with UK examples. It considers funding issues; the impact of administrative changes both locally and nationally; and evaluates the cost-benefits of a place-based, holistic approach to regeneration.

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

How to engage with Indigenous peoples on planning and why it matters

This briefing focuses on why planning matters to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and provides guidance on how to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, especially in the context of land use policy and planning as well as in forthcoming treaty negotiations.

Australia Briefing

Celebrating Irish local government

This collection of resources showcases the outstanding achievements and best practices in public service delivery across Ireland’s local government system. It highlights the dedication and commitment of Irish local councils in addressing the needs of their communities, as well as their constant innovation, which continues to raise the bar for excellence in local governance.

Ireland Publication

Carlow County Council’s Sustaining the Arts Award

This article from Carlow County Council showcases their Borris Lace by Post and Borris Lace Exchange projects, which were awarded the Sustaining the Arts award at the 2023 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. The projects not only provided a wonderful creative outlet for the community but also mitigated social and rural isolation during…

Ireland Blog-article

The role of local government in bringing empty homes back into use

The UK faces a major housing supply problem with a serious lack of affordable housing. This briefing examines the extent to which bringing empty homes back into use can alleviate the shortage of homes.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing 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 Briefing With case study

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 Briefing With case study

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 Briefing With case study