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?


Members & Global Local

Fact or Fake? Tackling misinformation and disinformation

What are misinformation and disinformation Places where people get their news have changed. While the shift to digital has been a long-term trend, this move has been accelerated by the pandemic, with more than a third of those aged between 16 and 64 using social media to keep in touch with the news. Moreover, recent…

England & Wales, Global Briefing

Councils supporting disabled residents through tough times: a new toolkit

This briefing looks at the challenges facing disabled people and sets out options in the form of a new toolkit for councils to consider. It highlights the poverty and additional cost of living challenges faced and the wider challenges for the UK’s 14.6million disabled people.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing With case study
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Transitioning from the shutdown of Ireland’s extractive peat sector

Ireland’s boglands are among the most important in world terms, and have long been a traditional accessible and low-cost source of fuel. This briefing looks at how communities are managing the transition from an extraction based economy.

Ireland Briefing With case study

Act Now – The Consultations That Matter

This is a special briefing outlining the current consultations open that are of interest to local governments in Scotland. The Scottish Government uses a consultation as a way of gathering the views of both the public and professional experts on a particular issue.

Scotland Briefing

Beyond repair? Britain’s broken asylum system

Repairing Britain’s broken asylum system will not be easy. According to MPs, the UK Government is too keen to rush into headline-grabbing initiatives such as sending asylum seekers to Rwanda than looking at the reason why people attempt dangerous Channel crossings. This new briefing looks at the problem.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Youth round-up – September 2022

This roundup summarises the latest UK Government announcements on youth services in England and the UK and looks at key research findings from a number of bodies providing services to young people.

England & Wales Briefing

The National Islands Plan: a journey to transformational change for Scotland’s Islands?

The LGiU’s Local Democracy Research Centre, in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands, Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles councils (all LGIU members), has set up and funded a PhD to analyse the implementation of the Scottish government’s National Plan for the Islands. In this blog PhD candidate Adele Lidderdale introduces herself and…

Global, Scotland Blog
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Fighting to breathe fresh, clean air: regulations, policy direction and citizens taking a stand

The dire health and environmental implications of air pollution are well known. Poor air quality kills more people globally than smoking and costs the global economy trillions of pounds. Many practices that cause poor air quality also emit greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming. We take a look at efforts by local government…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing With case study
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Housing affordability and the impacts of Short-Term Rental Accommodation

Access to appropriate and affordable housing is a challenge facing many local governments across Australia. Australia’s housing climate, with historically lower interest rates and tax subsidies, has encouraged speculative housing investment and led to increased dwelling prices, declining housing affordability, and reduced accessibility – particularly for low-income households.

Australia Briefing With case study