Our free version of the Global Local edition on community engagement. LGIU corporate members and Global Local subscribers can see the full edition here.
This briefing aims to support local authorities in establishing proactive measures to combat misinformation and disinformation and in the development of trusted, positive counter-narratives. It will be of interest to all councillors, senior leaders and communication professionals working in local authorities in developing strategies to counter misinformation and disinformation.
The way we live, work, communicate and access services is increasingly digital. Without digital access, people are excluded from many fundamentals, exacerbating existing social inequalities. The Digital Poverty Alliance reviews the evidence on the extent and nature of digital poverty in the UK and argues for holistic and sustained action.
Our new, monthly policy round-up for England provides a summary of key policy and practice documents affecting local government. This edition covers policy/research papers from June and early July 2022, a period dominated by political instability, the cost of living crisis, gloomy economic news and industrial action.
Councils play a vital role in reducing digital exclusion, however, they are dependent on partners to ensure that more people can get online and use digital technology. This briefing explores what is happening to achieve this around the UK.
How will UK homes and businesses receive power over the next 30 years? The government’s energy security strategy – published as fuel bills are soaring – provides a range of answers but also poses some important questions. Our new briefing explains.
Meath County Council Library Service’s award-winning ‘Laptops for Loan’ reduces digital divide in schools
Continuing our series by winners of the Chambers Ireland 2021 Excellence in Local Government Awards is Meath County Council, whose Library Service was awarded Best Library Service for the project ‘Laptops for Loan’, aimed at addressing the digital divide compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Local governments play an integral role in steering the transition to EVs in Australia. This briefing discusses the role of councillors and council staff in the adoption of electric vehicles in council fleets, the provision of fleet charging infrastructure, and planning policies related to charging infrastructure.
In 2019 the LGIU first posed the question “are mobile masts the size of Nelson’s Column about to appear across the English countryside?” The government has now set out plans for new barrier busting laws to “erase mobile coverage ‘not spots’ in rural areas” and accelerate the rollout of 5G.
While the ideas behind Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been around for some time, AI is increasingly is being used to develop public services, including education. This bundle explores the role AI currently plays in the delivery of these public services along with future implications.