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?


Members & Global Local

Global Local: Obesity policy

This week's Global Local focuses on the obesity epidemic and the multifaceted factors contributing to the complex issue. This edition shares examples of how local governments around the world are intervening to promote healthier lifestyles.


Tackling obesity: Case studies and resources for local government

Every week, we highlight inspiration and innovation from local government worldwide. In this article, we focus on those who are tackling obesity and creating healthier communities. You’ll find best practice from Finland, the Philippines, Argentina and the Netherlands, along with plenty of practical policy and resources to for more insight and guidance on the topic.

Global Blog-article

Performance Tracker 2023: public services as the UK approaches a general election

Britain’s public services are crumbling under unprecedented pressure, according to the latest performance tracker from the IfG and CIPFA. In recent years, Covid-19, political instability, inflation and strikes have brought services to breaking point, but the underlying problems stem from systematic underinvestment and short term decision making.

England & Wales Briefing

The case for integrating planning policy and health policy

This briefing explores unique urban planning initiatives from around the world that are aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles, and the mechanisms that support the development of these policies. The case studies used include initiatives implemented in the UK, Minneapolis, Singapore, and Victoria, Australia.

Australia, Global Briefing With case study

And Finally: Looking forward in 2024

Highlights from this week: Expectations for the year ahead, 2023 reviewed, our favourite staff media picks from over the holidays.


And Finally: Happy New Year!

Happy new year! For the first edition of 2024, we're looking back at some of our highlights from the past twelve months.


And Finally: Happy holidays from LGIU

In our final And Finally of 2023, we're sharing our holiday edition of Global Local, our LGIU@40 manifesto, and a look back on our work from this year. Thank you for your support this year. We hope you enjoy your festive break and we'll see you in 2024!


Participatory Budgeting – what next?

This briefing explores what happened to participatory budgeting around the world during the pandemic and discover where, how and why it survived. It also examines how participatory budgeting has changed since the pandemic and what the future holds.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing