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How can local authorities use technology and data to deliver better public services and harness social media for better interaction with citizens?

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Parliamentary update: February-March 2024

The purpose of this briefing is to provide a monthly update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales.

England & Wales Briefing

Bridging the digital divide: Wicklow County Council’s One-to-One Digital project

This article unpacks Wicklow County Council’s award-winning One-to-One Digital project, which addresses digital literacy challenges by pairing adult learners with trained student tutors. The program’s success in fostering digital skills and community connection underscores its potential for replication in other councils.

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England policy round-up: February and March 2024

The England policy round-up overviews key policy announcements and publications for local government. February and March saw some mixed economic news, and the chancellor’s spring budget. This edition features publications on elections and defending democracy, ideas for economic renewal, and the financial constraints and trade-offs facing the next government.

England & Wales Briefing
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A regional approach to planning for electric vehicles

The Northern Councils Alliance recently launched the Community Electric Vehicle Transition Plan to support lower-emission transport options and prepare for EV adoption. This briefing explores the plans and it’s recommendations for local, state, and federal governments, emphasizing the importance of regional collaboration in EV transition.

Australia Briefing With case study
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Artificial Intelligence and local government

Artificial intelligence and machine learning made headlines in 2023. This briefing looks at how AI is already being used in local government, some of the ways councils are looking to embrace it and the benefits and (non-existential) risks it might pose.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Misinformation: Case studies and resources to help tackle it

Every week, we highlight inspiration and innovation from local government worldwide. In this article, we focus on those who are fighting misinformation and disinformation locally. You’ll find best practice from Finland, the USA and the UK, along with plenty of practical policy and resources to help point you in the right direction.

Global Blog-article

Will 2024 be the year of more elections and less democracy?

In 2024, more than half the world’s population will be eligible to vote in the biggest election year on record. Despite this, research shows that democracy has, at best, stalled or, at worst, declined on an international level. The reason is threats like misinformation and disinformation. This article asks what can local government do.

Global Blog-article
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Global Local: The Electric Vehicle transition

This Global Local explores local government's role in the transition to EV, and provides examples for implementing and incentivising the switch to EVs.  

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Five examples of local government driving the EV transition forward

Every week, we highlight inspiration and innovation from local government worldwide. In this article, we focus on those who are leading the transition to EV. You’ll find best practice from Germany, Belgium, Iceland, USA and the UK, along with plenty of practical policy and resources to help point you in the right direction.

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