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In this week’s Global Local, we’re taking a fresh look at playful approaches to place making, showing you Denmark's magical playgrounds, new approaches to urban design, child-friendly cities, and making civic engagement and staff training more fun and engaging.
As the country that brought LEGO to the masses, it is perhaps no surprise that Denmark is something of a leader when it comes to innovative places to play. We examine the role that Danish local government have in the creation and maintenance of the nation’s intriguing playgrounds.
This thought piece explores the definition of play for all ages and touches on the multifaceted benefits of play, especially in the outdoors. It advocates for integrating play into our daily lives, and argues for the importance and relevance of play to wider sustainability challenges. It discusses how we can reimagine the places we live,…
This briefing provides a round-up of research and announcements related to the arts, culture and leisure sector. It also covers cultural participation, recent GCSE and A-level statistics relating to creative subjects, the government and the Creative Industries Council’s Creative Sector Vision, and much more.
Our England policy round-up services overview the key policy announcements and publications for local government. The latest edition includes the government’s recent announcement to change the net zero by 2050 plans, the integration of Local Enterprise Partnership functions into local authorities, a paper on making better use of data around electric vehicle charge points, and…
The night-time economy makes a key contribution to the UK economy and employment but has confronted numerous challenges including the changing nature of the high street, the pandemic and cost of living crisis. This briefing considers the role of local authorities in managing, regulating and supporting local night-time economies.
Music has always been an integral part of human societies. This briefing looks at how music, particularly live music, can foster social cohesion, cultural traditions and identity, and health and wellbeing. It discusses how local government can support music participation, drawing on evidence and examples from around the world.
The England women’s football team narrowly lost the football world cup final to Spain in Australia last weekend. Our England commissioning editor, Peter Smith, shares his thoughts on what lessons we can draw from the tournament.