At this key moment in the trajectory of the UK it is crucial to ask what the future has in store for local democracy. This is precisely what we do in Beyond Devolution, the final report of the Local Democracy Network, which LGiU convened throughout 2017.
Councils are in policy limbo. With Whitehall and Westminster fully absorbed by the unfolding drama of Brexit, and local government policy narrowed to dealing with the consequences of the Grenfell tragedy, little bandwidth remains for addressing more strategic issues. The LGiU is launching a series of essays, in which we will explore the main challenges…
Bad news is sometimes unavoidable. This briefing looks at how councils can work effectively with the media when faced with bad news or a crisis, including tips for elected members and officers on how to ensure the local authority remains in charge of the situation.
Andy Johnston, Director of LGiU Scotland, marks the second anniversary of the launch of LGiU Scotland by noting how much has changed - and how that change is destined to accelerate.
New rules will provide for secure handling of increasingly large amounts of personal data in a rapidly changing environment. This briefing outlines the reforms introduced by the General Data Protection Directive to individual rights, and summarises the governance mechanisms that underpin the new regime, and with which councils must comply.
London Ventures is a partnership between London Councils, the umbrella body for London local government, and EY, overseen and sponsored by the Capital Ambition Board.
This briefing draws from recent LGA guidance in relation to councils adopting increasing levels of commercial practice, including establishing arms-length trading companies, but also draws from wider sources, including previous briefings from the LGiU.
This briefing provides an introduction to the work of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO), focusing on the aspects of its work which affect local authorities, explaining what type of complaints the Ombudsman investigates and how, and what sort of, recommendations are made.
Councils are adopting increasing levels of commercial practice, including establishing arms-length trading companies. This briefing considers how to approach developing these, often complex, arrangements.
What role does social media play in local government service provision and community engagement? This briefing explores this question and gives examples of how councils in the UK and in Canada have used social media as a means of delivering their message, and engaging more actively with service users.