Democracy, devolution and governance

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


Members & Followers

Local lockdowns: the story so far and lessons for the future

The new lockdown in Leicester is unlikely to be unique over the coming months. Can what has happened there tell us more about the readiness of central and local government to respond effectively to further local outbreaks of Covid-19?  

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Oireachtas Review: June 2020

June saw Micheál Martin elected Taoiseach with support from FG, Green and Independent T.D’s, with more cabinet appointments listed in this briefing. In other news, members of Greens, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael overwhelmingly endorsed Programme for Government.

Ireland Briefing

Community wealth building in North Ayrshire

Earlier this year, North Ayrshire Council launched its Community Wealth Building Strategy, becoming the first Council in Scotland to adopt this bold and radical economic approach. Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, tells us how it works and how he hopes it can make a difference to communities.

Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Neighbourhood engagement: how local government can effectively deliver participation

Despite legislated participatory measures enacted to enable decentralised government, neighbourhood issues are not always addressed. We focus here on the South African experience of community engagement and participation, but many of the concerns are common to other countries, including the UK.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Cities with a future?

Davin Minton, Director of NWRA, sets out a roadmap for transforming Ireland’s Northern & Western regions.

Ireland Blog Post Blog

Programme for Government Special

On Sunday 14 June 2020 negotiating teams from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens reached agreement on a Programme for Government. Ciarán Doherty, LGIU Associate, outlines the agreement reached on the Programme for Government.

Ireland Briefing

Permission to shop – how’s it going?

Janet Sillett, Head of Briefings LGIU, writes on the critical role of local government in managing the response to Covid-19 as lockdown measures are relaxed further, and asks whether councils have been given the powers and finance to fulfil that role effectively.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog