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?



NatCen British Social Attitudes Survey 2019

Every year NatCen surveys over 3,000 randomly selected people about life in Britain and their views on how the country is being run. The latest survey gives an insight into changing social and political attitudes which will be of interest to local government as community leaders, service providers and employers.

England & Wales Briefing

LGiU Fortnightly 30th August – Community action…in action

A thriving community is what everyone in local government aspires to create and that’s exactly what Ingrid found in the beautiful Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells. Hear about the community orchard run by Transition Llandrindod, the life of a Town Crier, the Victorian Festival and how to run a community cafe. We also discuss the turbulent national…

England & Wales, Global Blog Post, Podcast Blog

Building stronger communities: a new government framework

The government’s communities framework – ‘By deeds and their results’ sets out what makes a strong community and how best to create one through actions of government and other organisations or partners, including local government.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Show us some LocalGov love selfie style

It’s #CityHallSelfie day in the USA. Our friends at ELGL – Engaging Local Government Leaders – run an annual event celebrating local government love.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog

The Puzzle of Rural Exodus in High Income Countries

This briefing explores how fighting rural depopulation requires an understanding of the root causes in a deep and systematic way, that solutions will require more than earmarked investments and industrial deals, and both rural and urban local authorities can benefit from exploring partnerships.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Offensive Weapons Act – is it enough?

The UK government ‘s Offensive Weapons Act gained Royal Assent in May 2019. This LGIU briefing outlines the key measures in the Act. This briefing will be interesting to local authority members and officers with responsibility for finance, young people in general and youth offending teams specifically.  

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing