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?


Local government honours the memory of Queen Elizabeth II

Around the world, local government acts as a locus of remembrance and grief. Here we collect examples of how Queen Elizabeth II has been honoured by local government officials and institutions and how they also provide a centre for local people to express their grief.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog-article

The global impact of Queen Elizabeth II’s death

Despite her impressive age of 96 years old, for many, the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday still felt almost unexpected. Its impact has been felt far beyond the UK, unleashing intense emotions across the globe – as discussed in this reflective piece. 

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog

A First Nations Voice to Parliament: Local Government’s role

It is a fact of history that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia were not accorded respect and recognition when the British arrived to colonise these lands and waters in 1788. Indeed, since federation in 1901, there has been a long-running debate about the lack of recognition of Australia’s First Peoples in…

Australia Briefing

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – our country’s greatest public servant

As local government joins the rest of the country in mourning Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Carr-West pays tribute to the remarkable and inspirational legacy of public service that she bequeaths to all those involved in civic life.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members & Global Local

Fact or Fake? Tackling misinformation and disinformation

How can local authorities establish proactive measures to combat misinformation and disinformation? This briefing advises on the development of trusted, positive counter-narratives.

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
Members & Global Local

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