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Swift Read: Local government finance – facts and figures

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 individual Scottish councils are being affected.

Scotland
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Brexit Update August 2019

What has the new regime in number 10 meant for local government in relation to brexit planning and how are councils meant to prepare for a possible no deal brexit? We consider some of the possible economic and constitutional implications and challenges facing councils – both immediate and more long-term.

England & Wales
Members

The Puzzle of Rural Exodus in High Income Countries

This briefing explores how fighting rural depopulation requires an understanding of the root causes in a deep and systematic way, that solutions will require more than earmarked investments and industrial deals, and both rural and urban local authorities can benefit from exploring partnerships.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Housing and planning round-up August 2019

The August round-up includes government announcements, latest statistics, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is social housing.

England & Wales
Members

Offensive Weapons Act – is it enough?

The UK government ‘s Offensive Weapons Act gained Royal Assent in May 2019. This LGIU briefing outlines the key measures in the Act. This briefing will be interesting to local authority members and officers with responsibility for finance, young people in general and youth offending teams specifically.  

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

First 1000 days of life: Government response to Commons report

The Government has responded to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee report, First 1000 days of life, outlining a range of initiatives. MPs have debated the response: there remains some way to go to achieve an integrated strategy for children in the first two years of life.

England & Wales