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?



UK Resilience Framework – a ‘whole of society’ approach to emergency planning

Emergency planning is nothing new, but the scale of the threats the nation faces is unparalleled. Many threats are global, but emergencies are experienced locally, so local authorities are at the heart of resilience. The UK government’s new resilience framework sets out the direction for a ‘whole of society’ approach, this briefing explores the plan.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Four lessons to help us navigate the cost of living crisis

Many low-income families are teetering on the brink of crisis. How should local government respond? What lessons from the pandemic response can we apply now to do the best for our children and young people? We examine four lessons to help us navigate the cost of living crisis.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog-article

How can we better measure community wellbeing? An exploration of the indicators

A holistic view of wellbeing helps policymakers understand the many dimensions of the lived experience – and what responses can bring us closer to equal opportunity, social cohesion, and harmony with the natural environment. This briefing outlines the role and evolution of wellbeing indicators in Australian local government.

Australia Briefing
Members & Global Local

Are community infrastructure benchmarks fit for purpose?

This briefing is the first in a series which looks at community infrastructure planning. In particular, this provides an overview of the current infrastructure benchmarks, how to use them, what to be aware of, and how they need to adapt.

Australia Briefing

First Nations Cultural Heritage Reform

The destruction of Juukan Gorge precipitated a Parliamentary Joint Committee inquiry, the formation of the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance, and a new partnership with the Australian Government to develop options for legislative reform. This briefing provides an overview of the options and highlights some of the issues.

Australia Briefing

Read all about it – Councils and local journalism

Local democracy reporters employed by the BBC have made a huge difference to the coverage of councils in the UK. But with many local papers having closed, there is no guarantee that residents know what their council is doing. Our new briefing looks at the health of local journalism.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Dublin Citizens’ Assembly on mayoral government

In 2022, A Citizens Assembly for Dublin City and County was addressed by a range of local government experts, political scientists, and international mayors from cities equivalent in size and scale to Dublin in order to make recommendations to the government in Ireland. These recommendations and their implications are examined in this briefing.

Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland Briefing With case study
Members & Global Local

Is gambling regulation up to scratch?

This is the second briefing in our series on gambling. It looks at the current application process in Victoria for new or additional gaming machines, how decisions are implemented, and (critically) whether this is achieving the aim of the Gambling and Regulation Act 2003 (Vic).

Australia Briefing With case study

The Armed Forces Covenant: the new duty and resources available

This briefing looks at the Armed Forces Covenant and the new duty now imposed on local authorities. It includes a number of case studies from authorities that have been delivering on their commitments, as signatories to the Covenant, and the resources that are available to councils.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing With case study