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Is the Iceland model for reducing teenage smoking, drinking and drug use the reason why Iceland beat England in Euro 2016?

Iceland has radically reduced rates of teenage smoking, drinking and drug use in the past 20 years through its “Youth in Iceland” programme to tackle behavioural addiction. This briefing examines why other countries, including the UK, aren’t following suit, and will be interesting to local authority members and officers with responsibility for heath, finance, and children…

England & Wales, Global

International Comparisons: PISA Education report 2018

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publishes its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) information every three years. In December 2019 it published a report based on 2018 data. The introduction to this year’s report claims that “PISA is not only the world’s most comprehensive and reliable indicator of students’ capabilities, it is…

Global, Ireland, Scotland

Grouse Moorland in Scotland

This briefing reviews the socio-economic and environmental impacts of driven grouse shooting in Scotland, and outlines the legislative options under consideration. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers with responsibility for rural communities, regulation of hunting and environmental issues.


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