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Through European eyes: Local government in the United Kingdom

The European Charter of Local Self-Government, a benchmark international treaty, affirms the role of local communities in exercising democracy. This briefing outlines the findings of the recent CLRAE report on UK compliance with the Charter. As various reform processes emerge, the report offers valuable insights and analysis of UK local government from a European perspective.

England & Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland
Members & Global Local

Defining fast fashion: why it’s a problem for local government and local communities

This briefing explores the fast fashion industry as a whole and the issues it generates for local areas. It sets out the policy levers that local government can use and how they can work directly with their communities to tackle fast fashion. Inside, you’ll find a range of case study examples of community-led initiatives supported…

England & Wales, Global With case study
Members

Empowering futures: Services that support disabled children and families in Scotland

This briefing highlights the many varied challenges, including poverty, housing, child protection and mental health issues, facing disabled children and families who care for those children. It considers the legislative and strategic policy framework to deliver services and the role of local authorities in addressing these challenges with case studies.

Scotland With case study
Members & Global Local

Local authorities are left picking up the tab for fast fashion

The fast fashion industry has rapidly become a global phenomenon. This briefing explores some of the impact the industry is having on local authorities across the world. It considers actions councils can take to combat this challenge and address pollution in their communities.

Global With case study
Members

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
Members

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
Members

Wellbeing and local government in Australia: Lessons from Golden Plains Shire

This briefing discusses the growing importance of wellbeing in economic discourse, particularly highlighted by the Commonwealth Government’s recent adoption of the Measuring What Matters framework. Using Golden Plains Shire as an example, it explores how local governments face challenges and opportunities in embracing this agenda.

Australia With case study
Members

Planning and Development Bill 2023 – Part 6

This is the fifth briefing in our series covering the Planning and Development Bill. It covers Part 6 of the Bill, which replaces the provisions of the Act of 2000 on Environmental Impact Assessments, the environmental assessment of applications for substitute consent, and Appropriate Assessment.

Ireland
Members

Addressing the challenges of rural education in the UK

This briefing examines the challenges facing local authorities in delivering quality education to young people in rural communities across the UK. It also proposes solutions to those challenges, with examples from a variety of different local authority areas.

England & Wales, Scotland With case study
Members

Planning and Development Bill 2023 – Parts 4 and 5

This is the fourth briefing in our series covering the Planning and Development Bill. It covers Parts 4 & 5 of the Bill, which consolidates the various processes to obtain planning permission, and restates the provisions by the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Act 2019.

Ireland