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?


What do we do when the economic and social infrastructure of a city collapses?

We have all watched those archaeological documentaries that find abandoned cities from the Mayan, Inca and other ancient societies that, apparently, imploded and left whole cities to be eaten up by the natural world. We discover these ancient, societal collapses when modern day archaeologists and historians unearth them and pontificate on the reasons for the…

England & Wales, Global Blog-article With case study
Members & Global Local

Finland: an individualistic welfare state public sector reform and community wealth building

The briefing provides an insight into how Finland is implementing and advancing policies and practices that aim to progress plural ownership of the economy, including making financial power work for local places; fair employment and just labour markets; progressive procurement of goods and services; and, socially productive use of land and property.

Global Briefing With case study
Members & Global Local

Global Local bulletin: Support for veterans

This week, we consider the needs profile of veterans and their families and explore what local government can do to facilitate their reintegration into the community, both in the short and long term.

Members & Global Local

Needs profiles of veterans across the globe

In 2016/17 it was estimated that 2.5 million UK Armed Forces veterans live in Great Britain. Veterans are known to have a number of specific needs which can require tailored support.

Global Briefing

Local response to crisis offers some hope

In an article originally published in the MJ, our Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West reflects on the hope and comfort provided by local public services in the cost of living crisis.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog

Active travel in Galway: Ireland’s first city centre school street

Galway City Council tells us all about active travel in the west of Ireland, including the story behind how they became the first Irish council to implement a ‘city centre school street’ to reduce car use and encourage more pedestrian or cycling modes of travel which can have huge mental and physical health benefits.

Ireland, Northern Ireland Blog Post Blog