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 role of local government in domestic pet management

Supporting the needs of pet owners and ensuring community safety when it comes to animal management can be a complex task – particularly as cities grow and densify, and community expectations change. This briefing looks at the different ways in which state and local governments approach domestic animals and pest management.

Australia Briefing With case study

Carlow’s Ru:rban Project

This article showcases Carlow County Council’s award-winning Ru:rban project – delivered by an effective partnership between Carlow County Council Executive and elected members, businesses, community groups and NGOs working in the area of community gardens and allotments.

Ireland Blog-article With case study

Global Local: Think Tank Review April 2023

The monthly Global Local Think Tank review highlights relevant research and policy from leading think tanks around the world. This month: artificial intelligence (AI), economic inactivity after the pandemic, and low wage/precarious work. It also includes reports covering food systems, migration governance and wellbeing policy tools.

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

Global Local: Mental Health Support

In this issue of Global Local, we’re looking at how local authorities can best support the mental health of the communities they serve.


Community sports facilities – a tale from Glen Eira

Increasingly, councils are tasked with balancing the health and wellbeing benefits of their community sports assets with a tougher financial outlook. In this article, Glen Eira City Council, Australia, shares how they’ve risen to the challenge while redeveloping an old swimming pool.

Australia Blog-article With case study

Local Government Festival of the Year – Ennis MELA

Next up in our series of articles showcasing the latest local government innovation from the Chambers Ireland 2022 Excellence in Local Government Awards, Clare County Council tells us about the success of Ennis MELA.

Ireland Blog-article With case study

Social Prescribing Show 2023: Key themes

Recently, the National Academy for Social Prescribing held its annual Social Prescribing Show. This briefing summarises some of the key messages and takeaways from a selection of panel discussions, looking at the current social prescribing landscape and how it can continue to develop in the future.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing With case study

State of the Locals

Exclusive polling data commissioned by LGIU from Ipsos on attitudes to local elections, the work of councillors, role of local government and new voter ID requirements across England.

England & Wales Publication