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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One Year On: how have our lives been changed by the pandemic and what’s next?

A year has passed since the start of lockdown restrictions in the UK. This briefing discusses the impact of Covid-19 according to official statistics and a study about how it felt to live through the last year and people’s expectations for the future. Some of the findings may be surprising.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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The IFS Inequality Review: Unequal Britain

In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality. This briefing covers an early report produced as a result of its evidence-gathering, Unequal Britain, is based on a survey of 2,226 adults in Britain which gathered data on attitudes towards, and perceptions of, inequality.  

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Understanding Dad during the pandemic and beyond

Fathers Network Scotland recently released the results of their 2021 Dads’ Survey, which explores how fathers and families have been impacted by the pandemic. The overwhelming feedback this year shows that dads have felt the strain of being pulled in all directions.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog
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Our chance to reconnect: the final report of the Talk/together project

Covid-19 has brought people together but also exposed divisions in society. The UK is at a crossroads: it could become more divided between ‘them’ and ‘us’ or instead become kinder, more connected and fair. Talk/together calls for a decade of reconnection and identifies the necessary policy foundations and facilitators.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Spaces for People – speaking personally on the art of the possible

Giving examples from Glasgow, James Bonner writes on the need to protect public spaces that under the pandemic have been transformed from having just movement function into places to be, and, going forward, the importance of valuing such spaces from a wellbeing perspective – rather than the usual economic one.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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How to transform a city: A look to Helsingborg, Sweden

The development of new and smart technologies to improve urban living continues apace. This briefing is on the developments in the City of Helsingborg and in preparations for a City Expo in 2022 to showcase what has been achieved.

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

The power of public food

As plans are laid for a green recovery from the impact of the pandemic, public procurement of sustainable and local food is an effective mechanism at our disposal. Sarah Duley from Soil Association Scotland explains how public sector food can be a powerful tool for social, economic, and environmental change.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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LGIU and Vuelio elections update – 7 April

In the run-up to #SuperThursday on 6 May, LGIU has partnered with Vuelio to provide you with weekly updates on the Scottish and Welsh national elections, as well as the English local elections.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Fingal Migrant Integration Forum – a vehicle for participatory democracy

Over the past three decades, the level of immigration to Ireland has exceeded the level of emigration in almost every year, and there have been concerted efforts in national policy, public service delivery and community-led initiatives to promote the inclusion and integration of migrants. This briefing focuses on the Fingal Migrant Integration Forum, which was…

Ireland Briefing