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?


Backgrounder: Climate change & biodiversity for local government

This primer introduces you to the role of local authorities in tackling the climate emergency and highlights three key areas of climate action. It is part of a series of primers, covering key local authority topics, which are aimed particularly at new councillors to help them settle into the role.

England & Wales, Scotland Publication

Trying to make sense of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

This briefing outlines around 20 UK Shared Prosperity Fund papers published on 13 April 2022. It also briefly considers Levelling Up Fund Round Two application guidance and a technical note published on the same day for this related £4.8bn fund.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Queen’s Speech 2022 – key points for local government

For the first time, Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech to open the new Parliamentary session, in the Queen’s absence. Key focuses for local government included levelling up, planning system reforms, the new Schools Bill, and transport and infrastructure investment.

England & Wales Briefing

State of the Locals on Friday morning

Your morning round-up from the LGIU team with what you need to know from the local election results thus far.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

The road to net zero

This event hosted by the LGIU will bring together political and local government experts to discuss reaching net zero, the role of councils in sustainable development, and the intersection with the cost of living crisis.

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

Tiny houses: a neat homelessness solution or a reminder of the problem?

This piece was featured in our Global Local bulletin on ending rough sleeping and featured other examples of using tiny homes to address homelessness. As the ‘self-built tiny house tour’ genre of videos remains highly popular, it’s easy to see the appeal of these dwellings, with their cool space-saving tricks, sustainability and minimalist-yet-cosy interiors. Perhaps…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Global Local Think Tank Review

This month’s Think Tank Review focuses on housing and planning issues in the wake of Covid-19 along with the latest research on Covid-19 recovery in a variety of areas. There are also reports covering extremism and war in light of events in Ukraine and some insights into water infrastructure from the US.

Global Briefing

State of the Locals

Exclusive polling data commissioned by LGIU from Ipsos on UK attitudes to local elections, the work of councillors and role of local government.

England & Wales, Scotland Publication

Beating the heat in Miami-Dade County: a coordinated approach

As the climate crisis worsens, extreme heat events are becoming an increasingly common across the world. These events pose a serious threat to life as well as to supply chains, infrastructure and economies. Miami-Dade County is one place that is leading the way in addressing extreme heat. In this article Mayor Daniella Levine Cava discusses…

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