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Local authorities adapting to the new normal to improve food safety

This briefing emphasises the critical importance of food safety and the role of UK regulatory bodies and local authorities in up keeping public health measures. It discusses challenges such as funding, staffing, and adapting to new business models and inspection methods, highlighting the impact on food safety inspections and public health risks.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study
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Housing and planning round-up May 2024

Finance is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round up, with backbench MPs warning pressures on councils and housing associations restricts the amount of social housing built in England. Other stories cover homelessness, Scotland’s housing emergency, care leavers, right to buy, compulsory purchase and public toilets.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Global Local

Rural depopulation: the role for local government

This briefing discusses the challenges and policy solutions related to declining populations, focusing on rural depopulation’s economic, social, and cultural impacts. It highlights the importance of local government in addressing depopulation through creative, place-sensitive approaches and contrasts deficit models with strategies that leverage local strengths, like culture and natural resources.

Global, Ireland With case study
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Giving kids a chance: Supporting children who risk missing out in 21st century Britain

Cuts in education and children’s services mean many youngsters risk missing out, however, it is not all doom and gloom. A new briefing sets out the bleak picture across the UK but also highlights efforts made by schools and local authorities to improve the experience of children and young people.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

New insights from the latest edition of the SGS Cities and Regions Wellbeing Index

This latest edition of SGS’ Cities and Regions Wellbeing Index provides timely evidence on the social, economic and environmental trends of Australia’s cities and regions. It shows the importance of place and reprises the reality that where you live influences your access to opportunities and overall wellbeing.

Australia