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?


Greener towns focus for new strategic partnership

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Green Action Trust, introduces the new strategic partnership between the Green Action Trust and Scotland’s Towns Partnership which is set to boost environmental outcomes in towns the length and breadth of Scotland.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

North Kelvin Meadow: insights into community empowerment in action

North Kelvin Meadow, an ex-football pitch where development was stopped by Glasgow City Council, now hosts an urban wild land run by a community group. The space – which includes allotments, an orchard, and play areas – has a positive and far-reaching impact on an area of Glasgow.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Letting the grass grow!

Anna Perks, Biodiversity Officer at Falkirk Council, blogs for us on Falkirk’s new approach to managing public greenspaces to tackle climate change, improve biodiversity, and balance competing demands.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members & Followers

Swift Read: Has Covid-19 taken us back to nature?

Covid-19 led to more people exercising outdoors and increased visits to parks and other green space. Does this represent a lasting change in our lifestyles, and is everyone getting a fair shot at it when some people have limited access to the natural environment? A swift read takes a look.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021

The long-awaited legislation on domestic abuse became law in April 2021. What are its main components and are there gaps in what it covers? The Act imposes new statutory duties on the relevant local authorities and these are summarised here.

England & Wales Briefing

Swift Read: Scottish councils’ financial sustainability at risk?

This swift read outlines the findings of a recently published Accounts Commission Overview report on the impact of Covid-19 on Scottish councils and their communities. The report uses case studies to highlight the challenges and threats to the financial sustainability of Scottish councils at a time when future funding levels remain uncertain. It is planned…

Scotland Briefing