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Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: health equity and dignified lives

Greater Manchester has been working with the Institute for Health Equity to establish a Marmot City Region and tackle health inequalities. The IHE’s report provides recommendations for city-regional action through the Health Equity Framework and will be of interest to other areas with significant levels of health inequalities.

England & Wales, Scotland

Opportunities for local government to catalyse inclusive and sustainable economic transitions

In this introductory briefing, Dr Anne Tiernan explores the ideas and identifies the opportunity context that presents for local governments to catalyse and drive inclusive, sustainable economic growth, to build on and leverage their strengths, and to attract and retain investment in their communities and places. This series of briefings will address the nexus between…

Australia
Members & Followers

Generation Covid: The impact on young people in the UK – Youth Affairs APPG

The report ‘Generation COVID: The economic impact of COVID-19 on young people in the United Kingdom’, published in May 2021 by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Affairs, puts a spotlight on the economic impact of the pandemic on young people and calls for better financial, educational and employment support for young people…

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
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Cyber crime: prevention is better than cure

Cybersecurity is a pressing concern for local councils as cyber-attacks are on the rise, with the National Cyber Security Centre reporting more than 700 data breaches logged by councils in 2020. This briefing focuses on the measures local councils can take to prevent the devastating outcome of a cyber-attack.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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How South African local governments can support urban food growing post Covid-19

The City of Cape Town has adopted the Urban Agriculture Policy (2007) and the Food Garden Project to help shape local food systems. This briefing explores various ways to strengthen food security by developing a coherent, systematic food policy and food system strategy.

Global, South Africa
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Elevating ESD targets in Planning Schemes

This briefing looks at current initiatives in NSW and Victoria to elevate environmentally sustainable development targets, including those for net zero carbon development in the planning system.

Australia
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Swift Read: How the pandemic is affecting council tenants and landlords

Rent arrears have risen among council tenants during the pandemic, but what are local authorities and arm’s length management organisations doing about it? This briefing analyses the effects of the pandemic on households claiming housing benefits and Universal Credit, and the solutions being adopted by some landlords.

England & Wales
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Mind the gap: how Covid-19 has impacted on personal finances

Covid-19 has had unequal effects on household finances. Wealthier families cut non-essential spending, increased savings and benefited from rising asset values, while poorer households were often unable to reduce spending and suffered a loss of income. Two new reports assess the worsening wealth gap left by the pandemic.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Good governance – why it matters to us all, now more than ever

This briefing sets out: why good governance has always been important, why it is more important than ever as we recover and renew public services post-pandemic, what can happen when governance goes badly wrong, and some views on what good governance might look like in an increasingly uncertain world.

England & Wales, Scotland