The Government responded recently to the recent HCLG committee report on brexit and local government. It says it has found strategic engagement with local government on brexit valuable and accepts all of the committee’s recommendations ‘in spirit and in principle’, but key detail and timescales remain unclear.
This Briefing looks at how the councils who have recently declared a 'Climate Emergency' can start to consider the next steps that they will take. It focuses on initiatives that have been implemented in Europe; most specifically in Scandinavian countries and France.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, key developments, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
What are the reasons and objectives behind the drive for densification in South African cities generally and Johannesburg specifically? This briefing describes the policies to achieve densification in the city, why they have engendered animosity from resident groups and how the city is handling these objections.
Higher Technical Education sits between A-levels and the new T-levels and bachelor’s degrees. There is a shortage of people with such qualifications. The proposals support the Government’s aim of improving take-up of technical education to meet the needs of the economy and business.
The prevention green paper was published in the very last days of Theresa May’s tenure as prime minister. It describes a large range of initiatives and actions to be implemented in the 2020s, many of which will be of interest to local authorities as leaders of local public health.
The plan aims to provide school pupils in England with greater opportunities to access at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day including strengthening the role of physical activity within a young person’s daily routine, providing guidance on how teachers and parents can play their part, and promoting a joined-up approach to…
Local authorities are turning to new methods to meet the need for social housing. Social housing is also increasingly being viewed through a new lens, centred around design and improving the quality of life for the families living in them.
At its peak, there were 3,600 Sure Start Children’s Centres in England which brought together a range of services designed to improve the life chances of the youngest children and their families including early education and childcare, health visitors, parenting classes, welfare to work guidance and playgroups. This briefing provides an update on the programme.