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Whatever happened to levelling up?

Spotting progress on levelling up is proving difficult. According to MPs, too little money has been handed to local authorities, and most of what was given out has yet to be spent. This briefing asks whether the government’s flagship programme is making any difference to regional inequality.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

The house price dilemma: Unpalatable alternatives in focus

Recent political debate on Ireland’s house price escalation has brought into focus a dilemma: continue affordability problems or face possible adverse side effects if prices could be reduced. This briefing examines diverse viewpoints, analyses recent trends and delves into the challenges and opportunities of a more sustainable housing market.

Ireland
Members

Housing and planning round-up April 2024

Shared ownership is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round up, with MPs warning that schemes fail to offer an affordable route to home ownership. Other stories cover rents, noise nuisance, building safety, council tax and homelessness among refugees.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Reclaiming CEO recruitment for sustainable local governance

In today’s resource-scarce environment, a well-matched CEO is crucial for organisational stability and effectively managing public services. This briefing emphasises the need for councils to reduce reliance on external headhunters in CEO recruitment and focus on long-term organisational stability.

Australia
Members

Through European eyes: Local government in the United Kingdom

The European Charter of Local Self-Government, a benchmark international treaty, affirms the role of local communities in exercising democracy. This briefing outlines the findings of the recent CLRAE report on UK compliance with the Charter. As various reform processes emerge, the report offers valuable insights and analysis of UK local government from a European perspective.

England & Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland
Members & Global Local

Defining fast fashion: why it’s a problem for local government and local communities

This briefing explores the fast fashion industry as a whole and the issues it generates for local areas. It sets out the policy levers that local government can use and how they can work directly with their communities to tackle fast fashion. Inside, you’ll find a range of case study examples of community-led initiatives supported…

England & Wales, Global With case study
Members

Empowering futures: Services that support disabled children and families in Scotland

This briefing highlights the many varied challenges, including poverty, housing, child protection and mental health issues, facing disabled children and families who care for those children. It considers the legislative and strategic policy framework to deliver services and the role of local authorities in addressing these challenges with case studies.

Scotland With case study
Members & Global Local

Local authorities are left picking up the tab for fast fashion

The fast fashion industry has rapidly become a global phenomenon. This briefing explores some of the impact the industry is having on local authorities across the world. It considers actions councils can take to combat this challenge and address pollution in their communities.

Global With case study
Members

Parliamentary update: February-March 2024

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

England policy round-up: February and March 2024

The England policy round-up overviews key policy announcements and publications for local government. February and March saw some mixed economic news, and the chancellor’s spring budget. This edition features publications on elections and defending democracy, ideas for economic renewal, and the financial constraints and trade-offs facing the next government.

England & Wales