This swift read outlines the findings of a recently published Accounts Commission Overview report on the impact of Covid-19 on Scottish councils and their communities. The report uses case studies to highlight the challenges and threats to the financial sustainability of Scottish councils at a time when future funding levels remain uncertain. It is planned…
In his latest column for The Municipal Journal, Jonathan Carr-West considers the assertion that devolution is ‘dead in the water’, and emphasises the need for a Levelling Up agenda that accounts for people and places.
In this briefing, Dr Ed Wensing explores the tensions between constitutional recognition of local government on the one hand and federal financial relations on the other, why this tension can be difficult to balance, the risk of more constitutional challenges, and the need for ongoing dialogue.
Over the last decade, the mechanisms for how citizens can participate more fully in decision making have been strengthened, but what does ‘participatory democracy’ represent for elected members? A panel – including a former president of COSLA, an MSP, and a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh – discuss the issue.
The recent LGiU live panel, Beyond the council plan: creating impact with a corporate plan, featured Zoe Pappas from Right Lane, Ricky Tozer from Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and Phil Medley from Maroondah City Council.
On Wednesday, 16 June, LGIU launched its new Local Democracy Research Centre (LDRC), which brings together experts from local government and academia across the globe to do practical research on some of the key challenges for local democracy around the world. This briefing introduces you to the work of the Research Centre and signposts how…
In this paper we argue that building back better after the pandemic must include a new settlement for place that reconnects the government’s “levelling up” ambitions with the decentralisation of power in England.
This guide has been produced for elected members who are involved in the council’s overview and scrutiny process and want to develop their questioning skills.
This briefing introduces a new and exciting LGIU programme of work that is designed to share learning, inform and inspire officers, councillors and senior officers who are determined to drive a just and fair transition in their local areas.