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?



First Nations Voice to Parliament Referendum Question details released

Recently, the Australian Prime Minister announced the wording of the referendum question and draft constitutional amendment for the proposed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. This briefing outlines the details and the wider implications.

Australia Briefing

State of the Locals 2023

This virtual panel hosted by the LGIU and Ipsos will bring together political and local government experts to share their predictions and ones to watch ahead of the 2022 local elections.

England & Wales Event

Global Local Executive Panel: Community engagement done well

LGIU and the VLGA are thrilled to gather together senior executives from Australia, Ireland, the UK and Australia to explore how to do community engagement well!

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Event

What do we know about in-work poverty and can local government help?

‘In-work’ poverty is a growing concern across Scotland, UK and Europe. In the face of it all, local authorities need to find new and innovative ways to maintain service delivery despite inflation, the rising cost of living and increased demand for services. This briefing explores the situation and provides some case study examples.

Scotland Briefing With case study
Members & Global Local

Digital poverty and rural broadband

In this week’s Global Local, we’re taking a look at digital poverty and exclusion and what can be done to help people get better digital access and skills.


In Conversation with Councillor Steven Heddle, Vice President of COSLA

As part of LGIU’s series on local government leadership, Vice President of COSLA, Cllr Steven Heddle, tell us about his local government experience and how COSLA and the sector are navigating the challenges and opportunities of local government in 2023.

Scotland Blog-article