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The UK economy after Covid: one year on

This briefing reviews the most recent ONS statistics on GDP growth, labour market performance, and inflation – roughly one year on from the start of relaxations in Covid restrictions. It includes a brief review of the latest Fiscal Risks and Sustainability report produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility.

England & Wales, Scotland
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COVID-19 – 2022 studies on the effect on children and young people

A wealth of research has been assembled about the effect of COVID-19 and lockdowns on the lives of children and young people. This briefing looks at learning loss, who it affects and the implications for mental health and wellbeing, using research mainly conducted in England.

England & Wales
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England policy round-up – June/July 2022

Our new, monthly policy round-up for England provides a summary of key policy and practice documents affecting local government. This edition covers policy/research papers from June and early July 2022, a period dominated by political instability, the cost of living crisis, gloomy economic news and industrial action.

England & Wales
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The 2022 Spring Statement: Economic and fiscal analysis and the cost of living crisis

This briefing focuses on the Office for Budgetary Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which accompanied the Spring Statement on 23 March, together with the OBR’s assessment of the Chancellor’s fiscal plans, including a summary of the measures announced in the statement and an assessment of the cost of living crisis.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Cities Outlook 2022: Centre for Cities report

The Centre for Cities has published research on the pandemic’s impact on urban high streets and their prospects for recovery. Covid-19 restrictions cost businesses a third of their potential takings and thousands of outlets have closed. Surprisingly, the pandemic hit stronger places the hardest, whereas weaker high streets have fared better.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Two years later – All is changed, changed utterly

This briefing looks at the experience of Covid-19 in Ireland and reflects on the role played by the local authorities while also looking towards the future and the impending challenges that now face local government in light of recent events in Ukraine.

Global, Ireland
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February Global Local think tank review

The best of the rest. A survey of the freshest thinking on local democracy and governance and all the issues impacting local government worldwide.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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How can local governments address social isolation?

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, social isolation was already a complex, escalating issue.  This briefing looks at social isolation, as distinct from loneliness, and how governments can address it moving forward.

Australia
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The impact of Covid-19 on local government in Ireland

This is the latest briefing in our finance series that examines the national Value For Money (VFM) reports produced by the Local Government Audit Service (LGAS) in Ireland with a particular focus on the impact of Covid-19 on Irish local government.

Ireland