Culture, sport and tourism

An essential ingredient for place making. How can communities and local government work together to make local life fun and enriching and attract visitors for economic development?

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Sport England’s 10-year strategy: Uniting the Movement

Uniting the Movement is Sport England’s new ten-year strategy to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity. The key priorities are: recovery and reinvention; connecting communities; positive experiences for children and young people; connecting with health and wellbeing; and active environments.  

England & Wales Briefing

Wicklow County Council’s Relove Fashion: Chambers Ireland 2020 Sustainable Environment award winners

Winning the Chambers Ireland Excellence in local government award for Sustainable Environment was Wicklow County Council’s Relove Fashion competition, a project encouraging secondary school students in Ireland to forge an interest in reuse and sustainability, and to rethink their approach to fashion. In this blog, they tell us more about the initiative.

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Social prescribing physical activity in health planning

Social prescribing offers an opportunity to raise the profile of physical activity in the community and across service sectors, enable more people to access local activities, and for physical activity to be built into health planning. Covid-19 has underlined the importance of this for mental and physical health.

England & Wales, 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.

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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
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Cyclepaths to Recovery: Fast-tracking active travel and public realm investments

This briefing looks at the benefits and challenges around fast-tracking active travel and public realm investments in response to government investment and provides examples of some local councils’ responses, particularly into major city centres.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Oireachtas Review: November 2020

This review provides an overview of the Oireachtas affairs of November, alongside detailed coverage on the Working from Home (Covid-19) Bill, the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill, and the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund.

Ireland Briefing
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Libraries in Lockdown: Connecting Communities in Crisis – Libraries Connected Report

The report Libraries in Lockdown: Connecting Communities in Crisis highlights how libraries supported their communities and the vulnerable during the first lockdown through a multitude of online events and calls to local people who were shielding, repositioning libraries as information gatherers and community stewards.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

UK public library services: lockdown and looking ahead

Dr Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust, reports on new research on the value of public library services during the lockdown. But what did library services offer, what barriers did they face, and what next for services?

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