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Parliamentary update: May 2022

The purpose of this briefing is to provide a monthly update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales.  

England & Wales
Members & Global Local

Meeting housing demand on Ireland’s west coast – experiences in the Iveragh Gaeltacht

This briefing paper outlines how and why stakeholders have come to regard the resolution of the ‘housing issue’ as fundamental to a locality’s sustainable development. It describes the efforts being made in County Kerry to enable rural repopulation growth by devising geographically appropriate solutions.

Ireland, Scotland
Members

Minding the gap: the role of councils in tackling digital exclusion

Councils play a vital role in reducing digital exclusion, however, they are dependent on partners to ensure that more people can get online and use digital technology. This briefing explores what is happening to achieve this around the UK.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Wind, nuclear and fossil fuels: the UK’s multi-pronged energy strategy

How will UK homes and businesses receive power over the next 30 years? The government’s energy security strategy – published as fuel bills are soaring – provides a range of answers but also poses some important questions. Our new briefing explains.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Housing and planning round-up May 2022

Housebuilding is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup, with the government unveiling possible changes to the planning system in England as part of the Queen’s speech. Other stories cover homelessness, private renting, rent arrears and permitted development.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Town Centre First – Lessons from Scotland

Ireland has commenced a process of re-orientation of the planning policy framework. In doing so it is replicating policy efforts in Scotland. This briefing provides an overview of the policy and its subsequent review and looks to possible lessons from Scotland for local and national Irish policy-makers.

Ireland
Members

Trying to make sense of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

This briefing outlines around 20 UK Shared Prosperity Fund papers published on 13 April 2022. It also briefly considers Levelling Up Fund Round Two application guidance and a technical note published on the same day for this related £4.8bn fund.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Queen’s Speech 2022 – key points for local government

For the first time, Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech to open the new Parliamentary session, in the Queen’s absence. Key focuses for local government included levelling up, planning system reforms, the new Schools Bill, and transport and infrastructure investment.

England & Wales