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The new cold war: why everyone wants a piece of the Arctic

The Arctic is hot property. President Trump wants to buy Greenland, Canada wants to cash in on the Northwest Passage, and China is generously offering to build new infrastructure for its Arctic and Nordic friends. UK Government published an updated Arctic policy framework, Beyond the Ice, in 2018, staking its claim to involvement in Arctic…

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
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Local Government in Sweden

This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world and offers an insight into the local government system in Sweden. It includes some of the differences and similarities Sweden has to other European governments.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Housing Review: September 2019

While Brexit may be the main item on the political agenda at the moment, housing issues continue to exercise a strong hold on public attention. The latest Eurobarometer report (March 2019) shows that for Luxembourg (57 per cent) and Ireland (52 per cent) housing tops the list of what counts as the most important issue…

Ireland
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Party conferences and beyond

Everything is, of course, still dominated by Brexit. The party conferences did provide some idea of what could be in manifestos – so what can we glean from these about how the parties view key issues for local government in Scotland, England and Wales?

England & Wales, Scotland
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Low-income voters

This briefing deals with two recent JRF reports on the voting behaviour and priorities of low income voters. Taken together, they vividly illustrate the needs and priorities of people living on low incomes. Low income groups have become more important in recent elections, and political parties are constructing their offers accordingly.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Queen’s speech 2019 – Key announcements for local government

Today the Queen opened a new Parliamentary session with her speech outlining the Prime Minister’s legislative agenda. As expected, it was largely dominated by plans for the UK’s departure from the EU but there were aspects of the Government’s new domestic plans with implications for local government.

England & Wales, Scotland

LGiU Cllr Achievement Awards 2019 – the shortlist

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the LGiU & CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards. This year’s shortlist demonstrates an excellent group of councillors who have worked hard within their council roles to improve their local community, be it by leading their authority, transforming council services or getting involved with local people.

England & Wales
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Assessing children at the start of schooling in England

Reception baseline assessment starts in autumn 2020 although most primary schools are trialling it this year. It forms the baseline for primary school progress measures enabling such schools to be held to account for the seven years of primary education. It is controversial with some claiming that it is at odds with young children’s learning.

England & Wales