Topic: Democracy, devolution and governance

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


The National Islands Plan: a journey to transformational change for Scotland’s Islands?

The LGiU’s Local Democracy Research Centre, in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands, Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles councils (all LGIU members), has set up and funded a PhD to analyse the implementation of the Scottish government’s National Plan for the Islands. In this blog PhD candidate Adele Lidderdale introduces herself and…

Global, Scotland Blog

Global Local Cllr Showcase 2022

We put the spotlight on our upcoming Global Local Cllr Showcase. This category of the Cllr Awards 2022 is an opportunity to highlight and recognise the great work of elected leaders in local government near and far.


Scotland policy round-up summer 2022

Covid-19 COVID-19 and greenspace use survey findings is a new report produced by the Data and Evidence subgroup of the Environment and Spaces for Public Health Partnership Group. Before the pandemic, evidence suggested underlying inequalities in access to and use of high-quality green and open spaces. Survey findings indicate these inequalities may have widened. Evidence…

Scotland Briefing
Members & Global Local

Housing affordability and the impacts of Short-Term Rental Accommodation

Access to appropriate and affordable housing is a challenge facing many local governments across Australia. Australia’s housing climate, with historically lower interest rates and tax subsidies, has encouraged speculative housing investment and led to increased dwelling prices, declining housing affordability, and reduced accessibility – particularly for low-income households. One facet of this complex issue is…

Australia Briefing

Connecting with Country in the built environment

Background Broadscale interest in how all levels of government can work better with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their knowledge, culture, and tradition has predominantly focussed on outcomes specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Interest has now begun to extend to how Aboriginal Cultural knowledge can inform government processes more broadly,…

Australia Briefing

The affordable housing challenge: a new honesty?

This briefing asks if it is time that councils and the wider housing world stopped using the term ‘affordable housing.’ It looks at the challenge for councils in ensuring that the housing needs of communities are met. 

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing With case study

Devometrics: How to measure decentralisation – objective and subjective approaches

In this second paper looking at the decentralisation of power in UK governance the authors look at the challenges we face in developing measures that will capture the diversity and nuances of the governance system. They discuss possible ways of dealing with those challenges, focussing on the policy sphere.

England & Wales, Scotland Publication

Parliamentary update July 2022

The purpose of this briefing is to provide 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.

England & Wales Briefing