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?



Queen’s Speech 2021 – key points for local government

Today, in the first major event since the death of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty the Queen opened a new Parliamentary session with her speech outlining the Government’s legislative agenda. Key focuses for local government were on voter ID, Covid-19 recovery and delivering a programme for levelling-up.

England & Wales Briefing

Local elections 2021: Look behind the big story

After last week’s elections, the results paint a complex picture for local government. In his latest column for The Municipal Journal, Jonathan Carr-West argues that they tell us more about the influence of local issues – not just national politics – and that dividing the country into convenient blocs can often obscure what’s really happening.

England & Wales Blog

Supporting the LGBTIQA+ community

As the International Day Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination is coming up on 17th May, this briefing looks at how councils are working to acknowledge, support, and engage the diverse groups that make up their workforces and communities. A significant body of research has established important disparities in health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTIQA+ communities, compared to…

Australia Briefing

New councillor? Be prepared for culture shock

James Cousins was a four term councillor in London. First elected in 1998 he shares his top tips with new councillors: learn all you can, do good and say yes.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post Blog

LGIU and Vuelio elections update – 5 May

In the run-up to #SuperThursday on 6 May, LGIU has partnered with Vuelio to provide you with weekly updates on the Scottish and Welsh national elections, as well as the English local elections. We look at the final few days of election campaigning, outline which unitary councils to keep an eye on and discuss what’s…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Age friendly homes – designing homes that suit everyone’s needs across the lifecourse

This briefing examines the case of Ireland and how, as one of the first Age Friendly Countries, according to the World Health Organisation, it is approaching the delivery of age-appropriate homes for its increasingly older population. This briefing will be of interest to housing personnel and, particularly so, to those charged with the long-term planning…

Global, Ireland Briefing