Democracy, devolution and governance

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



Youth Assembly on Climate Change – another innovative action underpinning participatory democracy in Ireland

This briefing looks at the most recent initiative on participative democracy in Ireland, The Youth Assembly on Climate Change that sat on 15th November. It marks an initiative that builds upon the ongoing experience with Ireland’s Citizens Assembly as covered in earlier briefings, and has come at a time of unparalleled politicisation of younger people…

Ireland Briefing

Can we see the future of localism in election manifestos?

Can party manifestos reveal much about the current state and possible future of localism? LGiU’s Janet Sillett looks at what the three main party manifestos have to offer for localism and issues relevant to local government.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog

General Election 2019: SNP and Scottish Greens manifestos

This briefing is one of a series on the 2019 general election. It provides a short summary of the key points in the manifestos from the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Scottish Greens. LGiU briefings on other Westminster party manifestos, including those specific to England and Wales, can be found in our general election bundle.

Scotland Briefing

General Election 2019: Liberal Democrats and Green Party manifestos

This briefing is one of a series on the general election. It provides an overview of the key proposals in the Green Party and Liberal Democrats’ manifestos, covering those areas of most interest to local government in England and Wales. LGiU briefings on other Westminster party manifestos can be found in our general election bundle.

England & Wales Briefing

What lessons can be learnt from the Wigan Deal?

Over a period of six years, public services in Wigan have been through a major process of transformation, based on the idea of building a different relationship with local people. The new approach to delivering services has become known as the ‘Wigan Deal’.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Learning from the past: an international view of local government funding

Municipal finances seem to be pressurised around the world. New local policy initiatives, fiscal evaluations and even blog articles dealing with local politics all acknowledge at one point or another that local resources are limited. For twenty years, external contributions and partnerships to deliver local policies have become commonplace amidst the growing scope of the…

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