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?

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‘A National Mission with Local Impact’: Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland 2021-22 to 2025-26

The Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland details around £24 billion of major projects and large programmes, including a number of investments where tangible local socio-economic and environmental benefits are recognisable, which will be discussed in this Swift Read. This brief provides an outline to local authorities on what upcoming infrastructure investment may mean for…

Scotland Briefing
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Customer satisfaction in the local government system

This is the latest briefing in a series examining key findings of the National Oversight Audit Commission. This briefing examines the latest NOAC report, produced in September 2020, concerning a customer satisfaction survey comparing the last three years of customers satisfaction levels with Irish local authorities.

Ireland Briefing

Cinderella goes to the ball? Localism finds a champion in a time of pandemic

Is this the year when government and other stakeholders recognise the genuine potential of over 10,000 ultra-local town, parish and community councils to deliver meaningful localism to the urban and rural communities of England and Wales? James Derounian and Elisabeth Skinner from the Society of Local Council Clerks locate a focus to spearhead community action.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Providing of affordable workspaces: How councils can utilise property assets

In this case study, Andrew Cribb (co-founder of 3Space, a UK-based affordable workspace provider) shares examples from the UK of how councils are managing their property portfolios to provide affordable spaces and deliver sustainable economic growth objectives.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Using technology for public participation

Public participation globally has been made more difficult by Covid-19 measures. How have local authorities globally adapted to sustain participation? We consider here the challenges and strengths of using technology, including an account of what has been happening in South Africa.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Briefing
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Cavan Day: Creating a ‘blue wave’ in stormy weather

This briefing looks at how Cavan County Council organised an online ‘Cavan Day’ which united the global Cavan family and laid the foundation for a more interconnected Diaspora. We explore both the local and wider policy contexts and some of the challenges of planning in a pandemic.

Ireland Briefing

Stories of Oxford lockdown

In March, a social action charity in Oxford City set up Oxford Together, a community response volunteering programme, and Oxford City Council joined these grassroots efforts. Storytelling was used as an evaluation methodology, and remarkable stories emerged – the key learning themes of which are highlighted here.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

In Conversation with… Josie Saunders, Head of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Canals

LGIU Scotland’s Kim Fellows is in conversation with Josie Saunders from Scottish Canals to talk about recent research by Glasgow Caledonian University which, in a global first, shows the extent of the positive impact canal investment has on the local community around it.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog