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Refugees and Afghanistan: how councils are helping with resettlement

Councils have been asked to help thousands of Afghan refugees resettle in the UK but details of the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme are only emerging slowly with limited government guidance to date. This briefing looks at what councils can offer in the context of wider policy on refugees and immigration.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Implications of the accelerating global shift to electric vehicles

This briefing considers the implications for fleet procurement options in Australia, and provides a review of the current and coming range of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) models under $100,000 – ones that may provide additional options for fleet replacement vehicles.

Australia
Members

Local by default – a better way forward?

In September 2019, the Association for Public Service Excellence launched a Commission “to explore the core issues that will impact on local government in the coming decade”. The Commission’s final report, ‘Local by Default’, was published in July 2021 and its 28 recommendations are summarised in this swift read briefing.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Getting children back to school

Restarting school education following the lockdown while Covid-19 is still prevalent in the country was always going to be difficult. This briefing looks at attendance statistics, and government guidance as schools prepared for, and started, the 2021-22 school year.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Councillors can support and help to build climate resilient communities

Evidence is clear that the frequency and severity of extreme weather events have increased as a direct consequence of human-induced climate change. It is imperative that local authorities identify risks from the current and future impacts of climate change and put in place plans to increase resilience.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Housing for All – a planning and land use perspective

Next in the series of ‘Housing for All’ LGIU briefings, this briefing examines the most important planning and land use elements that will impact the ‘New Housing Plan for Ireland’.

Ireland
Members

Developing stronger partnerships with housing associations

This briefing examines the changing relationship between councils and housing associations since the 1988 Housing Act and proposes ways in which partnership arrangements can be strengthened in the future.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Energy From Waste Infrastructure Plan: Moving to a circular economy

The Energy from Waste Infrastructure Plan guides the strategic planning and investment for future thermal energy from waste facilities until 2041. The Plan aims to provide certainty of where waste to energy facilities will be located to maximise NSW’s waste management needs, employment opportunities, and waste innovation opportunities.

Australia
Members

Drug and alcohol related deaths in Scotland and the UK: a national shame

2020 saw the largest number of drug-related deaths in the UK since records began in the 1990s. Perhaps it is time that drug reform policy follows the examples from abroad by moving away from the criminal justice lens and instead addressing the topic as a public health issue.

England & Wales, Scotland