Members & Global Local

Pay to stay? The growth of tourist taxes around the world

Tourist taxes are increasingly common in parts of the world, but how much do they raise and what are they designed to achieve? A new briefing looks at the option of taxing visitors to a city or country and the role local government can potentially play in ensuring they are effective.


Health, public health and social care round-up: May 2023

Our easy and digestible health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, publications and research that are relevant to elected members and officers. Significant developments this month include changes to the police response to mental health crises, staggering statistics on alcohol treatment and a reaffirmed commitment from the government to adult social care.

England & Wales, Scotland

Listening to tenants: the changing face of social housing regulation in England

Tenants are at the heart of a new system of regulating social landlords in England with inspections due to start in 2024. In preparation, councils and housing associations should be aware of how they will consult tenants about the quality of homes and other customer service. This new briefing explores the circumstances.

England & Wales With case study

Unpacking common concerns about the Voice

The Prime Minister of Australia recently announced the wording of the proposed amendment and question for the people of Australia for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament to be inserted into the Australian Constitution. This Q&A briefing helps local government fully understand the proposal and its implications.


England policy round-up: April and May 2023

This policy round-up for England looks at the most relevant and recent announcements and publications during spring – an eventful period which saw local elections in much of England and the Coronation. Government announcements included a Great British insulation scheme and the ‘Pioneer’ programme as the alternative to the EU’s Horizon science/innovation programme.

England & Wales

Time to move on: Scotland can’t wait around for a National Care Service

This briefing looks at the ill-fated National Care Service plan. It considers what needs fixing in Scotland’s social care services, the progress that is already being made, and what difference that £1.3 bn could make to local authorities struggling on the frontline.

Scotland With case study

Scottish Bulletin Issue 2, 2023

These bulletins provide an update on the progress of legislation currently in Holyrood that is of relevance to local authorities in Scotland. In addition, it highlights key devolved matters, open consultations and third party reports.

Members & Global Local

Trauma-informed services: Context and benefits

The growth of trauma-informed practice in health and social care has evolved rapidly in the last several years and is now being effectively integrated into services and support structures globally. How did this movement begin and how has it developed?

England & Wales, Global