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?



Co-operation in action: Community supported agriculture in the local context

Food has become a high profile issue recently in England with the debates over food for children in the lockdown. This briefing is part of series on food insecurity and the links between food and sustainability, health and wellbeing in an international context.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

Embracing winter – learning from international experience part II

In the sequel to her previous blog on planning for outdoor socialisation in winter, Dr Alina Congreve focuses in on work by Canadian local government – in particular their production of winter design guidelines.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Unmasking a looming litter emergency

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s latest research on littering not only spells out the horrifying facts, but recommends a bold, revised approach to safeguarding and improving the beauty and cleanliness of Scotland’s local environments. Barry Fisher,  CEO, tells us more about the issue – and their eight-point cross-sector agenda for change.

Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members & Global Local

Local Government: By Women, For Women

In this briefing we look at two successful local government programmes: one engaging women in politics by encouraging political participation and improved perception of female politicians; and one providing young women with tools to support confidence, resilience and leadership in all aspects of their lives.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study

The Towns Fund – what’s wrong with the government’s approach to levelling up?

Recent National Audit Office (NAO) and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reports criticised the processes the UK government used to select potential recipients of Town Deals. This briefing considers how places might, nevertheless, define and deliver wider programmes of town recovery and renewal.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
Members & Global Local

Noongar Native Title Settlement: Australia’s first treaty?

The High Court of Australia recently cleared the final hurdle for the largest native title settlement in Australian history by dismissing all appeals before the Court. Here we takes a detailed look at the South West Native Title Settlement, the implications for local governments in WA, and what this settlement means for local governments more…

Australia Briefing

Global Local Executive Panel – December 2020: Pandemic responses

On December 17th 2020, VLGA, LGPro and LGIU were proud to bring to you a panel of global-local government CEOs discussing the impacts of Covid-19 on the operations of council, the impacts for the municipal communities which they serve and to examine what lies ahead as we move toward a post-acute Covid environment.

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

2020 Hindsight: a year of our most impactful content

2020 was a tumultuous year for local government. It also one that clearly showed the importance of its community leadership role. We’ve had a look back through some of our most impactful work this year, providing support, looking ahead and shining a light on the work of councils and local government leaders.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog-article