Topic: Covid-19

How councils and communities are dealing with the pandemic and emerging on the other side. All content is free to access but may require registration.


Cinderella goes to the ball? Localism finds a champion in a time of pandemic

Is this the year when government and other stakeholders recognise the genuine potential of over 10,000 ultra-local town, parish and community councils to deliver meaningful localism to the urban and rural communities of England and Wales? James Derounian and Elisabeth Skinner from the Society of Local Council Clerks locate a focus to spearhead community action.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Remote working and regional co-working analysis in Ireland

The shift to remote working brought on by Covid-19 has the potential to open up an array of economic and environmental opportunities for Ireland’s regions. By supporting remote working, policymakers could promote a wider range of options for workers and open opportunities for business solutions, allowing integration and coworking across regions to address regional imbalances.

Ireland Blog Post Blog
Members & Global Local

Using technology for public participation

Public participation globally has been made more difficult by Covid-19 measures. How have local authorities globally adapted to sustain participation? We consider here the challenges and strengths of using technology, including an account of what has been happening in South Africa.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Briefing With case study

Local government innovation – breaking new ground in Limerick

Limerick City and County Council has been recognised by the internationally renowned US foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies for the Council’s work in local government innovation. In this blog, we cover the story of how Limerick’s commitment to innovation in service delivery led them to become the first Irish city to feature in the publication.

Ireland Blog Post Blog

Stories of Oxford lockdown

In March, a social action charity in Oxford City set up Oxford Together, a community response volunteering programme, and Oxford City Council joined these grassroots efforts. Storytelling was used as an evaluation methodology, and remarkable stories emerged – the key learning themes of which are highlighted here.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Lockdown resistance and the role of mayors

Problems implementing the new Covid restrictions are of the Government’s own making. Mayors and local leaders are articulating alternatives that show we can reassess our centralised approach to power and governance

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Reopening education and childcare provision for all in England – IFS report and DfE guidance

This briefing summarises the financial consequences of the pandemic in relation to early childhood education and care providers. It details the support available to help providers and how these measures have interacted with the loss of income and the pre-pandemic finances of providers. It also explores the financial implications of the pandemic on the capacity…

England & Wales Briefing

Post-Covid Councils: The Location of Power

In the latest instalments of our Post-Covid Councils work, Head of Research Andrew Walker investigates questions about the balance and location of power.

Global Blog-article

Central-local government relations are becoming the principal site of conflict in the politics of the pandemic

In the latest of our Post-Covid Councils framework, this time looking at the location of power, Joseph Ward, Doctoral Researcher in POLSIS at the University of Birmingham, outlines how dealing with Covid-19 and the implementation of local lockdowns has shifted power in the central-local government relationship and how local and regional governments might intervene on…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Oireachtas review: September 2020

September saw the Government launch its ‘Living with Covid’ Plan and by early October had put all counties on Level 3 restrictions.  This briefing provides an overview of Oireachtas activity in September which was largely Covid-19 focused, including the Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Act 2020, Dying with Dignity Bill, Sick Leave and Parental Leave…

Ireland Briefing