Communities and society

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And the winner is…

This blog recounts the events of the first-ever virtual LGIU/LGIU Scotland & CCLA Cllr Awards which honoured those councillors who have gone above and beyond to support their communities and residents during an unprecedented year.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog
Members

Spending Review November 2020: Highlights for local government

Today the Chancellor laid out his much-anticipated one-year Spending Review, in place of the Comprehensive Spending Review and three-year plan he had hoped to produce before the pandemic disrupted the economic backdrop. This on-the-day briefing brings you the highlights.

England & Wales Briefing

UK public library services: lockdown and looking ahead

Dr Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust, reports on new research on the value of public library services during the lockdown. But what did library services offer, what barriers did they face, and what next for services?

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members

The state of indigenous treaty negotiations in Australia

NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held across the country to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This briefing is an update on an earlier briefing on Treaty developments with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia.

Australia Briefing

North Ayrshire’s Green New Deal

In response to the challenges of Covid-19 and the economic aftershocks impacting communities across Scotland, North Ayrshire Council recently published their Economic Recovery Plan – a local ‘Green New Deal’ which will focus on building back the local economy better, fairer and greener. Council Leader Cllr Joe Cullinane tells us more.

Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members

Levelling-up our communities – Kruger report

The Government is committed to levelling-up Britain’s left behind communities. The Prime Minister asked backbench Conservative MP Danny Kruger in June 2020 for proposals to sustain the levels of community spirit seen during the Covid-19 lockdown and this briefing is on his report ‘Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant’ (September 2020).

England & Wales Briefing
Members

International lessons from Melbourne’s 20-Minute Neighbourhoods

As the pandemic reduces travel and commuting and people look to their local areas to fulfil needs, the traditional structures of urban areas are called into question. Using case studies, this briefing examines the idea of the 20-minute neighbourhood.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

LGIU Fortnightly 30 October: The Location of Power

In this week’s episode of LGIU Fortnightly, Andrew Walker and Ingrid Koehler take a deep dive into the latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils series, the Location of Power. Andrew sets out the key arguments of his new report ‘Power down to level up: resilient place-shaping for a post-Covid world’, plus we hear an extract…

England & Wales, Global Podcast Blog
Members

‘A National Mission with Local Impact’: Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland 2021-22 to 2025-26

The Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland details around £24 billion of major projects and large programmes, including a number of investments where tangible local socio-economic and environmental benefits are recognisable, which will be discussed in this Swift Read. This brief provides an outline to local authorities on what upcoming infrastructure investment may mean for…

Scotland Briefing