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?


Markets: Case studies and resources for local government

Every week, we highlight inspiration and innovation from local government worldwide. In this article, we focus on the councils working to create markets that are a source of pride to their communities. You’ll find best practice from the UK, Sweden, the USA and the Netherlands, and plenty of useful policy and resources.

Global Blog-article

Global Local Executive Panel: Sustainable & affordable housing

Join us for a global discussion on the most critical issues facing local government, including sustainable and affordable housing, with leaders from around the world.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Event
Members & Global Local

The role of markets in the UK post-Covid: community hubs or trendy hot spots?

What is the purpose of traditional retail markets in local communities today? We explore the benefits and challenges of local markets in a post-Covid and booming e-commerce world. Should market owners and operators (which are often local authorities) reinvest in the current model or look to reinvent it?

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study
Members & Global Local

Markets around the world and their role in revitalising urban centres

This briefing examines the role of local markets worldwide, exploring how they are continually changing and developing to meet consumer needs. It looks at how local governments can use markets in redevelopment and regeneration efforts to combat the decline of high streets, particularly after their importance was spotlighted during the pandemic.

Global Briefing

Podcast: What’s new at LGIU – 1 February 2024

In this episode of What’s New at LGIU podcast, hosts Simone and Freya discuss the annual survey into the state of local government finance in England, recent developments in the world of local government, and upcoming events and training opportunities.

Global Blog-article
Members & Global Local

Global Local Think Tank Review – December 2023/January 2024

Our global think tank review highlights key findings from the world’s leading think tanks and research institutes. This edition includes publications on safeguarding elections, combatting misinformation/disinformation, disaster preparedness, and challenges surrounding net zero and decarbonising buildings. Featured reports also look at inclusive economies, rural disadvantage and opportunities for SMEs.

Global Briefing

How a council and community partnership delivered a new heart for Hartham

Discover Hartham Common’s bustling atmosphere, where investment in a new play area now attracts people of all ages to create a destination park. A successful crowdfunding campaign and improved council-community relations led to this vibrant hub, showcasing a new community engagement and funding model for others to emulate.

England & Wales Blog-article With case study