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Directly elected mayors – many proposals but Limerick leads

This briefing reflects on the different models of direct election that have been proposed over the past 20 years and the steps leading up to the current Limerick departure which was approved by plebiscite in 2019 but rejected by the voters of Cork and Waterford.

Ireland Briefing

Budget March 2021 and placemaking – towards ever greater centralisation?

The March 2021 Budget has been characterised as broadly extending Covid-19 support whilst pushing the expenditure reductions and tax rises to pay for this back to the Spending Review in 2021/22 and beyond. However, in pursuit of an emphatic UK Government commitment to ‘levelling up’, a number of new plans, policies and programmes were announced.…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
Members & Followers

Essential guide to local elections communications 2021

Local elections matter and how we talk about them matters. Effective communications can build enthusiasm for local democracy and this communications guide focuses on some easy steps that councils can take during the election period.

England & Wales Publication

Elections issues for English local authorities 2021

This election briefing covers some essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period. It explains and highlights the implications of the publicity code and illustrates how councils are able to use it to tackle discriminatory election campaigns provided they act objectively a range of guidance on Covid-safe campaigning and election organisation the position of…

England & Wales Briefing

2020 hindsight: reflecting on global learning from the pandemic

Following on from our content last week marking the anniversary of Covid-19 lockdowns, this bundle focuses on the international knowledge-sharing opportunities arising out of the pandemic; providing a range of learning from countries’ experiences in tackling Covid-19 as well as generally for other issues.

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

Online Training: How to Design and Deliver Training to Elected Members

This one day programme has been developed for Officers whose role includes designing and delivering training for Elected Members. Suitable for both experienced and less experienced presenters, the programme is full of detailed advice and guidance which will support officers in the design and delivery of Member training.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Event

Oireachtas Review: February 2021

The Government found itself beset by problems relating to Brexit and vaccine roll-out in February which were not of its own making. This briefing provides an overview of Oireachtas affairs during February, including details on the Land Development Agency Bill and new Covid legislation.

Ireland Briefing

Online Training: An Introduction to Overview and Scrutiny for Elected Members

This online session is aimed at elected members who are new to overview and scrutiny and need to find their feet as soon as possible. This introductory session explores the role of overview and scrutiny within an authority, how to get the best results from its work and the key skills and approaches for doing…

England & Wales Event

The evolving council

This imagining, from Andy Johnston, of an evolving council, is one of the scenarios that we are exploring as part of the new municipalism pillar of our Post-Covid Councils project looking at the future of local government.

England & Wales, Global Publication