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?


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

Evolving approaches to territorial development – the experience of the Iveragh Gaeltacht in County Kerry, Ireland

Successive governments in Ireland have been seeking to underpin Irish or Gaeilge across the State since independence. As we mark the centenary of independence, however, Gaeilge, which has a very extensive lexicon and important cultural significance, remains vulnerable. In this briefing, we look at a recent innovative example of a local community, Iveragh which is…

Ireland, Scotland Briefing
Members & Followers

Weathering the storm: the importance of adaptation and resilience in place-based climate action with local government in the lead

The effects of climate change are becoming more apparent with every passing month and year. This briefing highlights the importance of adaptation within local authority climate governance and explores six case studies of councils in the UK and Ireland working to improve adaptation and develop resilience.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Stopping Doing Harm to our Town Centres

Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling, tells us about the Town Centre Action Plan Report and its recommendations for reinventing town centres.

Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members & Followers

Swift Read: Recovery – if not now, when?

A Social Renewal Advisory Board was set up by Scottish Government in 2020 to make proposals for Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic and planning for social progression. In January 2021, the final report “If not now, when?” was published, making 20 calls to action for national and local government.

Scotland Briefing

Somers Town regeneration story – drawing on good practice

This briefing considers what wider insights other projects can draw from the Somers Town urban regeneration project, located between Euston and St Pancras stations in London, England. We look at how the scheme has adapted to changing circumstances since its inception, how it was managed and what community benefits it supports.

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

Unfinished business

Local government has been financially under resourced and the policy agenda has underserved in key areas of service, democracy and community. This latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils project sets out a blueprint for the thinking we need to generate some vital momentum around these pieces of Unfinished Business.

England & Wales Publication

Limerick City & County Council’s ‘Putting your house in order’: winner of the Chambers Ireland Age Friendly Initiative award 2020

In late 2019, following discussions between Limerick Age Friendly Programme and The Irish Hospice Foundation, Limerick City & County Council decided to launch “Putting Your House in Order”; a series of workshops for attendees to explore end-of-life preferences for topics such as care, finance, and legal arrangements.

Ireland Blog Post Blog