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?


Members & Followers

Personal stories from a Spanish town

This briefing shares the experiences from local institutions in the Spanish town of Benifaió, which has wrestled with uncertainty and pressure over the pandemic. They represent a mixed picture, in which the potential for local innovations and reforms coexist with high levels of fatigue and frustration experienced by local officials.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Global Executive Panel: Community Wellbeing

Join us as we explore how local governments in Australia and the UK are finding innovative ways to deliver improved community wellbeing outcomes against a backdrop of a pandemic and challenging economic climate 7pm AEDT | 8am GMT  

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

Understanding the Indigenous Voice Proposals

In October 2019, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the start of the Indigenous Voice co-design process. This briefing provides a summary of the proposal along with a discussion of the key considerations for engaging with the process.

Australia Briefing

The place for older consumers

Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling, reflects on a busy academic year looking at older consumers’ interaction with local economic development and e-commerce.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

PB or not PB: question time for participatory budgeting

Scottish Government agreed with COSLA in January 2021 to be “flexible” in the implementation of the 1% Participatory Budgeting (PB) mainstreaming target. The target was part of a 2017 framework agreement that committed Scottish councils to allocate 1% of their total budgets via PB by the end of the financial year 2020-21. This was a…

Scotland Briefing

Bundle: International Women’s Day

This bundle brings together our relevant content on women’s role in local government as well as ideas for how councils can improve women’s position in society through policymaking, urban planning and better data.

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

White Paper on Ending Direct Provision and its impact on local government

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., last week published a White Paper to End Direct Provision and to establish a new International Protection Support Service for Ireland. The White Paper is examined in the following briefing with a clear focus on the local level and within that level, the leadership…

Ireland Briefing

The unbearable guilt of World Book Day eve

LGIU’s Ingrid Koehler has some serious World Book Day guilt and a lot of unread books.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Wexford County Council’s communication boards: Chambers Ireland’s 2020 Disability Services Provision award winner

With universal accessibility in mind for Wexford’s brand new public park, the Wexford County Council collaborated with the community and with speech and language experts to develop an interactive communication board for the park’s new playground area, winning them the Disability Service Provision award at Chambers Ireland’s Excellence in Local Government awards 2020.

Ireland Blog Post Blog