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Global Local bulletin: Workforce planning

The latest Global Local is packed full of new research on workforce planning and employment support for local governments and communities.

Global Daily-news

Local government workforce and capability planning

Effective workforce planning and development is essential for local government to ensure they have the capacity and capability to deliver services to communities and meet future challenges. At the same time, local councils are significant employers and play an important role in their local economies. While the powers and responsibilities of local government differ across…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Northern Ireland Publication With case study

Cities are leading in efforts to advance workers’ rights

Guest bloggers LiJia Gong and Terri Gerstein outline their recent findings on how local governments in the US are supporting their own workforce and enforcing workers’ rights in their communities.

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State of the Australian workforce – Skills gaps & future needs

Some of the country’s most critical economic challenges include a tight labour market, widespread skills shortages, and a lack of real wage growth. The experience of these issues has been intensified by the impacts of climate change, high inflation, rising interest rates, global economic uncertainty, disrupted supply chains, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahead of the…

Australia Briefing

Developing political awareness & sensitivity: the key to working effectively with Members

This online session is a chance for those new to working in a political environment with members to understand the respective roles and the skills needed. It is also a chance for more experienced officers to reflect on their experiences and add to their toolkit of approaches and skills.    

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Event
Members & Global Local

Quarterly round-up July 2022

Our quarterly round-up edition of Global Local allows you to revisit your favourite topics – and gives our new readers a chance to catch up. Keep reading for a refresh on our top content from the past few months.


MacAlister review of children’s social care – final report

The UK Government commissioned for England an independent review of children’s social care in 2021. This “once in a lifetime” review, led by Josh MacAlister, has now been published and key points are set out in this briefing.

England & Wales Briefing
Members & Global Local

Skills for new councillors

This edition puts the spotlight on councillors, by exploring the key skills they need to perform their roles effectively and how best to support them.


England policy round-up – April/May 2022

Our brand new, monthly policy round-up for England provides a summary of key policy and practice documents affecting local government in England. This edition covers policy/research papers from April and May 2022, a period dominated by the cost of living crisis, the Queen’s Speech and the local elections.

England & Wales Briefing

IFS-Deaton Inequality Review: Labour market inequality

This briefing deals with a paper published as part of the IFS-Deaton Inequality Review focused on labour market inequality. The paper considers technological changes and skills demand, labour market institutions and contract regulation.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing