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Lessons from social media and local government engagement in Canada and the UK

August 9, 2017

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.


State of the UK Public Parks

September 20, 2016

The Heritage Lottery Fund has published its second State of the UK Public Parks report which shows that many local authorities now face a growing problem of how best to manage their parks and green spaces in a time of austerity. The report examines alternative approaches to management of parks.


Evidence for change

January 29, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Local government needs radical change - but too often innovation stalls at the demand for evidence. How can we build evidence into the innovation cycle?


Take a risk and reap a reward

January 5, 2012 by Lauren Lucas

A report by the LGiU and Zurich Municipal (pdf) published late last year found that councils are increasingly concerned about their management of risk. In a national survey undertaken with over 90 councils, 50 per cent of respondents described their organisations as ‘risk averse’. You might say that a certain…



Localism and Realism – opportunities for local leadership

June 24, 2011 by Sarah Phillips

I am travelling today to speak on ‘Localism and Realism’ at the national summit on the future of local government.  This year’s theme is ‘the opportunity for leadership in a relocalised future’ with sessions on: local government taking the initiative for reform, how to link democracy and community engagement with…