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Swift Read: Food Insecurity and Poverty

The pandemic has highlighted various faults in the UK’s food systems, from the quality of free school meals and their provision over holidays to soaring food bank numbers. This briefing outlines some of the most recent issues and policies regarding food and poverty in Scotland, where food insecurity is more prevalent than in the rest…

Scotland Briefing

LGIU Fortnightly 2 March: Still unfinished business

The Covid-19 pandemic has been so profound that it can be easy to forget that local government was in crisis long before coronavirus. Partly as a result of a decade of relentless funding cuts, but also because of an absence of strategic direction in nearly all of the areas most important to councils. Hear from…

England & Wales Podcast Blog

Policy workshop: Towards a new municipalism

Join us on 23 March for a virtual exploration of the future of local government in response to Covid-19. LGIU will use this opportunity to build on our Post-Covid Councils pillar, Towards a new municipalism, which examines possible scenarios for how the way that local government works and delivers services might change in response to…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Event
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Regional and local economic considerations of the Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement

Whilst the Christmas Eve 2020 Trade and Cooperation Agreement outlines trade in goods and services arrangements with the EU, how this will impact on specific nations, regions, cities and districts needs to be investigated further and local policies determined accordingly. This briefing considers how that might be done.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Think tank review February 2021

As many of us pivot towards moving out of lockdown and the end of the pandemic, there is a lot of recovery-themed output from think tanks this month. However, there’s also a fair number of other topics covered, from housing and employment to education and health. The LGIU think tank review covers outputs from think…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: Recovery – if not now, when?

A Social Renewal Advisory Board was set up by Scottish Government in 2020 to make proposals for Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic and planning for social progression. In January 2021, the final report “If not now, when?” was published, making 20 calls to action for national and local government.

Scotland Briefing
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Spotlight on Indonesia: embedding the UN Sustainable Development Goals and responding to COVID-19

This briefing also looks at the innovative ways Indonesian municipalities and regencies have responded to COVID-19. The urgent action required in order to respond to COVID-19 created a unique opportunity for local governments to act in ways that were outside of their normal operating models.

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

Unfinished business

Local government has been financially under resourced and the policy agenda has underserved in key areas of service, democracy and community. This latest pillar in our Post-Covid Councils project sets out a blueprint for the thinking we need to generate some vital momentum around these pieces of Unfinished Business.

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Oireachtas Review: January 2021

The New Year began with Covid-19 numbers growing at an exponential level with full level 5 restrictions re-imposed; the Government closing all but emergency construction, leading to discussions over re-opening schools dominating the month. January ended with confusion and controversy over the issue of the Irish Sea border.

Ireland Briefing