Topic: Democracy, devolution and governance

Making sure that citizens have a voice through strong and vibrant local institutions.



Parliamentary update: May 2022

The purpose of this briefing is to provide a monthly update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales.  

England & Wales Briefing

Talking about potatoes: building relationships for intentional policymaking

Worldwide, policies are being designed to make food systems more sustainable, yet food producers and local governments are rarely meaningfully involved in these conversations. In this piece Diana Garduño Jiménez discusses the Fork to Farm which aims to build relationships of trust between farmers and local-decision makers.

Global, Scotland Blog

Bundle: LGIU and Vuelio 2022 Elections Bulletin

In the run-up to elections on 5 May, LGIU has partnered with Vuelio to provide you with weekly updates on the elections taking place across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

England & Wales, Scotland Publication

Town Centre First – Lessons from Scotland

Ireland has commenced a process of re-orientation of the planning policy framework. In doing so it is replicating policy efforts in Scotland. This briefing provides an overview of the policy and its subsequent review and looks to possible lessons from Scotland for local and national Irish policy-makers.

Ireland Briefing

Primer: Climate Change & Biodiversity

This primer introduces you to the role of local authorities in tackling the climate emergency and highlights three key areas of climate action. It is part of a series of primers, covering key local authority topics, which are aimed particularly at new councillors to help them settle into the role.

England & Wales, Scotland Publication

Trying to make sense of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

This briefing outlines around 20 UK Shared Prosperity Fund papers published on 13 April 2022. It also briefly considers Levelling Up Fund Round Two application guidance and a technical note published on the same day for this related £4.8bn fund.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Poll: What are the most essential skills for councillors?

We want to find out which skills our members and followers believe are the most essential for councillors to help them thrive in their roles. Vote now in our poll to give us your insights into what makes an effective councillor. 

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Blog Post Blog

Queen’s Speech 2022 – key points for local government

For the first time, Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech to open the new Parliamentary session, in the Queen’s absence. Key focuses for local government included levelling up, planning system reforms, the new Schools Bill, and transport and infrastructure investment.

England & Wales Briefing