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?



IFS Deaton Inequality Review: the distribution of public service spending

In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality, described as a “five-year study of the inequalities in society”. This latest briefing covers ‘The distribution of public service spending’ report, published in May 2023. 

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

And Finally: Building Support for Local Climate Action

This week's And Finally wraps up everything you may have missed from LGIU! This week we launch a new report on building democratic support for net zero, and your last chance to nominate for Cllr Awards 2023.


The war on drugs: where are we now?

This briefing examines the background and current situation with drug use in our society, and looks at the role of local authorities, as custodians of public health and community leaders, in addressing various challenges presented by drug addiction in our local communities.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study
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Global Local Think Tank Review – September 2023

Our monthly Think Tank review highlights key findings from leading think tanks and research institutes across the globe. Topics this month include climate resilient housing, social attitudes towards climate action, youth engagement, childcare challenges, employability support schemes and digital inclusion.

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

After dark – local government and the night-time economy

The night-time economy makes a key contribution to the UK economy and employment but has confronted numerous challenges including the changing nature of the high street, the pandemic and cost of living crisis. This briefing considers the role of local authorities in managing, regulating and supporting local night-time economies.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

And Finally: the impact on voter ID report and kazoo players in Brisbane

Highlights from this week include LGIU's Local Democracy Research Centre's new report on the impact of voter ID on administrators, our latest Global Local on the Universal Basic Income, and there's less than one week to nominate for the LGIU and CCLA Cllr awards!

Members & Global Local

Practical tips to get the most out of your community engagement

As councils across Australia are experiencing financial pressures, SGS Economics and Planning’s Liz Webster draws on her own experience to propose practical tips local governments can employ to optimise community engagement processes, reducing costs while still meeting community and legislative expectations.

Australia Briefing
Members & Global Local

Global Local: The power of music

In this week's Global Local, we're looking at how music can foster social cohesion, cultural identity and wellbeing.