Democracy, devolution and governance

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


Looking ahead with hope…

“The Government’s decision to ease coronavirus restrictions over Christmas reminds us that although policy may aspire to be rational and evidence-driven, it is always subordinate to politics and politics is human,” writes Jonathan Carr-West in his column for the Municipal Journal.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Oireachtas Review: November 2020

This review provides an overview of the Oireachtas affairs of November, alongside detailed coverage on the Working from Home (Covid-19) Bill, the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill, and the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund.

Ireland Briefing

Local government in 2021

Every year, at about this time, various media outlets make a stab at predicting how next year will develop. One of the first out and most widely read is The Economist’s ‘World in 2021’, where the editor has identified 10 key themes for the year. How are these predictions relevant to local government?

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Spending Review November 2020: Highlights for Scottish local government

Today the Chancellor laid out his much-anticipated one-year Spending Review, in place of the Comprehensive Spending Review and three-year plan he had hoped to produce before the pandemic disrupted the economic backdrop. This on-the-day briefing brings you the highlights.

Scotland Briefing

Trust and governance

As part of our Post-Covid Councils work, we look at how re-building trust can lead us through the pandemic and beyond.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Workstream

Oireachtas Review: October 2020

This briefing provides an overview of Oireachtas affairs in October, which were largely Covid-19 focused as Ireland went back into level 5 restrictions.

Ireland Briefing

The state of indigenous treaty negotiations in Australia

NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held across the country to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This briefing is an update on an earlier briefing on Treaty developments with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia.

Australia Briefing