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MoU for Mapping: An Irish local authority’s impact on planning functions in Lesotho

In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Fingal County Council and the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftainship of Lesotho was signed in Maseru. The MOU provided for Fingal to support change, modernisation and reform of the Planning function in that country. The following briefing demonstrates the positive impact that a local authority can…

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

Council Surgeries on TellMeScotland

TellMeScotland, Scotland’s national public information notices portal which allows public notices to be published in a single online location, has started listing council surgeries. Alison Clark-Dick of the Improvement Service tells us a bit about the new service and how councillors can utilise it.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

Swift Read: Buffering for 12 years: Why councillors still can’t attend meetings remotely.

The government recently announced plans to allow councillors to attend meetings by video link – for those on Combined Authorities or Joint Committees. The idea of remote attendance was first raised twelve years ago. Will the government follow through the recent consultation and should the consultation have gone further?

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Viewpoint: Building the smarter state

Georgina Maratheftis, Head of Programme – Local Public Services at TechUK writes about the Building the Smarter State Conference – free for the public sector to attend. TechUK and LGiU have also partnered on a series of roundtables on children’s services and technology. We are looking for additional public sector case studies for a forthcoming…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
Members Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards Winner

In the 11th instalment in our series of briefings exploring winning programmes from the 2018 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards, we’re taking a look at the winner of the Joint Local Authority Initiative category, Monaghan County Council's directory

Ireland Briefing

GPS technology and dementia

This paper covers some of the complex legal and ethical issues of using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) enabled devices to help people living with dementia to get out and about. It is relevant to officers and elected members dealing with adult social services.

Scotland Briefing

Virtual Schools and the quality of education – research evidence

There are implications for learning styles, whole school organisation, and the funding of education with the increasing use of information technology in schools. This report looks at research done by the National Education Policy Centre into the educational effectiveness of virtual and blended schools.

Global, Scotland Briefing