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The work of the planning regulator during 2019

It is vital that the planning system in Ireland operates in a fair, independent and transparent manner. After corruption in the existing system over the past few decades was detailed, The Office of the Planning Regulator was established in 2019. This briefing examines the work of the OPR during 2019 and some of its plans for…

Ireland
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‘Trust me, I’m from the local council’: trust in public institutions

Democracy, the economy and public services all depend on trust but there are historically low levels of trust in politicians and political institutions. This report finds important differences in levels of trust by age group, gender and income bracket, which could impact on the effectiveness of policy making and communications

England & Wales, Scotland
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Providing of affordable workspaces: How councils can utilise property assets

In this case study, Andrew Cribb (co-founder of 3Space, a UK-based affordable workspace provider) shares examples from the UK of how councils are managing their property portfolios to provide affordable spaces and deliver sustainable economic growth objectives.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
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Using technology for public participation

Public participation globally has been made more difficult by Covid-19 measures. How have local authorities globally adapted to sustain participation? We consider here the challenges and strengths of using technology, including an account of what has been happening in South Africa.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
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Going even lower? A progress report on Low Emission Zones and tackling air pollution in cities

LEZs are aimed at improving air quality, protecting public health and supporting wider climate change ambitions. Work on introducing more LEZs in Scotland have resumed after Covid-19 delays, but they are not expected until 2022, and there are also delays to English Clean Air Zones (CAZs) planned for 2020; in some cases postponed indefinitely.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Cavan Day: Creating a ‘blue wave’ in stormy weather

This briefing looks at how Cavan County Council organised an online ‘Cavan Day’ which united the global Cavan family and laid the foundation for a more interconnected Diaspora. We explore both the local and wider policy contexts and some of the challenges of planning in a pandemic.

Ireland
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National Data Strategy and consultation

In September the UK Government launched the new UK National Data Strategy to build a ‘world-leading’ data economy and support the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The closing date for responses to its consultation to shape the principles of the strategy is 2 December 2020.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Reopening education and childcare provision for all in England – IFS report and DfE guidance

This briefing summarises the financial consequences of the pandemic in relation to early childhood education and care providers. It details the support available to help providers and how these measures have interacted with the loss of income and the pre-pandemic finances of providers. It also explores the financial implications of the pandemic on the capacity…

England & Wales
Members

Swift Read: The Permitted Society? Latest on permitted development

The government in September extended permitted development rights – which has been contentious. In the same month, it brought in restrictions designed to ensure new homes delivered using the rights will now have to meet minimum space standards. John Hart summarises responses here.

England & Wales