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Leave no place behind

‘Leave no one behind; leave no place behind’ is the World Urban Forum Declaration. Janet Sillett reports from the UCLG Congress in South Africa on how local government could be key to making that vision a reality.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members & Followers

Bundle: GE2019

Read the latest content from LGiU all about the 2019 General Election. Find out what it means for councils, from running the election to potential policy prognostications.

England & Wales, Scotland Publication

#DispatchesFromTheDoorstep

Abuse, violence, harassment and disinformation have no place in our democracy. Amid fears that public discourse is becoming less civil and reports of MPs standing down because of abuse, LGiU’s #DispatchesFromTheDoorstep project will shine a light on un-democratic behaviour witnessed on the general election campaign trail and hear how this behaviour is being tackled by…

England & Wales, Scotland Workstream

#GE2019 Defending our democracy

LGiU’s new campaign, #DispatchesFromTheDoorstep, aims to shine a light on un-democratic behaviour witnessed on the general election campaign trail and hear how this behaviour is being tackled by individuals, councils, parties and the police.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members

Oireachtas Review: November 2019

Alongside an overview, November’s Oireachtas report focuses on the political controversy of so-called “Votegate”, and covers a recent piece of legislation in more detail: Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Bill 2019.

Ireland Briefing

Barriers to diversity in Scottish local government

An LGiU briefing published earlier this year outlined the findings by Green Park on diversity within local councils in the UK. This blog follows up to provide a summary of the state of diversity in Scottish local government, examining what barriers to diversity exist, and how local government can break down these barriers to be…

Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members

Saving money and strengthening councils: why merge local authorities?

Councils across the world are in a state of structural flux. What motivates councils to merge with neighbouring authorities? What contributes to a successful merger? What do citizens make of local authority mergers? This briefing includes examples from England, Japan, Ireland, the United States and Norway. This will be of interest to councillors and officers…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
Members

The (re)turn to decentralisation and hybrid governance systems in cities

Rapid urbanisation, and shocks such as drought/climate change, infrastructure failures and advances in private technology are pushing cities to broaden their definitions of “good governance” away from internal accountability and direct control over bulk services, outward to collective governance and setting standards for distributed systems.  

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

And they’re off – election issues 2019

Now that a general election has been called, LGiU is on election footing providing information and support to Members and Followers. Find out what’s on our election slate.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog