Topic: Democracy, devolution and governance

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


Reflecting on 50 years of community councils in Scotland

In light of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee session on the 50th anniversary of community councils, this article from the Improvement Service looks at recent developments in Scotland’s first tier of local government.

Scotland Blog-article With case study

And Finally 19.05.23

This week’s And Finally wraps up everything you may have missed from LGIU, including a brand-new international case study round-up; the launch of our LGIU@40 programme; and, some great new interviews with leaders of local government. Want to get our weekly newsletter for free? Sign up with us.


Northern Ireland 2023 local elections – Part 2: info pack

Election day is here for local government in Northern Ireland – but what next? This article highlights the ones to watch and offers analysis and insights into the wider implications of these elections for Northern Ireland’s local government sector.

Northern Ireland Blog-article

Local government at the Oireachtas: May 2023

In this member-exclusive round-up service, we examine the news from Ireland’s Parliament every month with a focus, as always, on legislation which impacts local government. May’s edition includes a visit from the US President, brand-new local government legislation and ten new Bills signed into law.

Ireland Briefing

Parliamentary update: March and April 2023

This member-exclusive round-up service provides a monthly update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales. This edition includes updates on animal welfare, online safety, energy bills and levelling up, among other topics.

England & Wales Briefing

How to write an impactful briefing

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Global Event

And Finally 12.05.23

This week’s And Finally has exciting stories from all over including an inspiring community garden project from Ireland, an exploration into compulsory candidate training from Australia and a look at water conservation efforts in Spain. Want to get our weekly newsletter for free? Sign up with us.