Food has become a high profile issue recently in England with the debates over food for children in the lockdown. This briefing is part of series on food insecurity and the links between food and sustainability, health and wellbeing in an international context.
While media presentation of house prices seems, at times, to resemble a recreational pursuit, there are substantive issues involved. Price levels and trends are both critical to affordability and an important indicator of housing market health and sustainability. This briefing, a follow up to that of 5 January 2021, House prices: 2020 visions, which reflected…
According to the Commons public accounts committee the government wasted five years and nearly £200 million on the Starter Homes scheme, only to quietly drop it in favour of another programme for first-time buyers.
Pupil attendance at school during the Autumn Term 2020 has been affected by the need for pupil and staff isolation as Covid-19 continues to make school-based learning difficult in many parts of England. This briefing is on recent studies and government policy developments on the issue and the new national lockdown announced on 4 January…
LGIU’s Merle Zierke takes a quick spin through a number of the LGiU Ireland briefings you may have missed during 2020, summarising issues that may provide useful insights for Australian local councils and provides the links to the detailed briefings for councillors and council staff who may want to dig a bit deeper.
Swift Read: Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts 2019-20 – setting the scene for council finances in 2021-22
This swift read summaries the Auditor General’s recent audit of the Scottish Government’s 2019-20 consolidated accounts and looks at what the accounts and recent announcements in England may signal about the Scottish local government finance settlement due later this month.
Swift Read: Will new permitted development rights make high streets “predominantly residential” in the future?
The UK government published a consultation in December proposing more extensions to permitted development rights, including a new permitted development right to change shops, restaurants and offices into new homes without planning permission. The proposals have proved contentious, as were the ones in the recent white paper.
This briefing updates information provided in 2020 briefings (see related briefings) on the main sources of statistics on the Covid epidemic. The focus is on data available on a UK-wide basis, but as before, more localised data sources are signposted.
This briefing summarises evidence about how the pandemic has influenced children and young people’s mental health to help to inform local service development plans to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people in both the short and longer term.