Democracy, devolution and governance

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


Swift Read: Innovation in Politics Awards 2019

This year, the Innovation in Politics Awards for the best political projects from all over Europe were presented in Berlin. 80 finalists and eight winners in eight categories were selected, and Ireland was well-represented in terms of submissions and selected finalists. This Swift Read presents LGiU’s coverage of the award ceremony and insights into the…

Ireland Briefing

Further freedom? Possible extensions to the FOISA

This briefing explains which bodies and functions are subject to the Freedom of Information Act Scotland and how an extension of the act might be applied, covering the factors likely to be taken into account during consideration. It is likely to be of interest to local government officers working in the areas of Freedom of…

Scotland Briefing

LGiU Fortnightly 10 January: Unfinished business for a new decade and a new government

It’s a new year, a new decade and a new government, but there’s still a lot of unfinished business from the last.  We look over some of the big ideas LGiU has promoted over the last ten years and that we still think need addressing as well as highlighting some of our top content from…

England & Wales, Global Blog Post, Podcast Blog

Annual Review 2019

After a busy 2019 for local government, our annual review reflects on the past year for LGiU, and provides a look ahead to 2020.

England & Wales Publication

Oireachtas Review: November/December 2019

This edition of the Oireachtas review, covering the last two months, reports on the debate by the Seanad on local government funding, the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019, the Rent Freeze Bill, and the impact of the Kerins Judgment on Oireachtas Committees.

Ireland Briefing

Bureaucratic activism in local government

The South African bureaucracy is a fraught space in which to work yet there are innovative local government officials who effect change and progress. This briefing will be of interest to those working with local communities, public participation and community resistance, and the promotion of social and spatial change.

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

Unfinished business for the new government

Brexit isn’t the only ‘unfinished business’ Ten ideas from the last decade that remain current for the next 10 years and which the new UK government must address as a matter of priority.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog