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Oireachtas Review: September 2019

Mid-September saw the political parties hold their now annual “autumn think-ins” ahead of the return of the Dáil on Tuesday 17th September. This briefing covers what happened at these think-ins and what each party has planned for the upcoming year.

Ireland
Members

Adoption Support Fund: recent DfE and APPG reports

The fund supports adopted children and their families in England and is administered by local government. The DfE and an APPG have produced reports on the fund in the light of it needing to be renewed as part of the forthcoming spending review.

England & Wales
Members

APPG on Universal Credit: What needs to change?

This briefing covers a report published by an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in July 2019 on Universal Credit (UC). The report makes a large number of recommendations for reform and its conclusions are consistent with a range of expert opinion.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Swift Read: Can Boosting Town Centres Save the High Street?

Local authorities play a vital role in mitigating the decline of their town centres by working in partnership with others and making use of funding streams available to create more sustainable community centres. This briefing summarises what councils can do to help with this.

Scotland
Members

Swift Read: Scottish local government finance – facts and figures

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre published its annual briefing of useful financial statistics in July 2019. This Swift Read aims to summarise the briefing and to pick out some key statistics to help to identify how the financial landscape is changing and how Scottish councils are being affected.

Ireland
Members

North of Tyne Combined Authority

In May 2019 the North of Tyne Combined Authority elected its inaugural Mayor. The Mayor has pledged to create10,000 jobs, adding over £1 billion in goods and services and levering over £2 billion of private sector investment. What are the prospects and challenges for this new combined authority?

England & Wales
Members

Local Electoral Tides in 2019

This briefing looks back on some less-scrutinised aspects of the May 2019 local election results. The impact of the election results for political governance at local authority and Municipal District levels is briefly considered.

Ireland