Covid-19: Britain’s alarming public health failure

The UK Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been heavily criticised by MPs. A joint report by two Commons select committees shows that, despite the success in vaccines, the government failed over test and trace, social care and lockdowns – and was largely unprepared for a pandemic on this scale.

England & Wales, Scotland

What does a dementia-friendly city look like?

Brisbane City Council recently committed to creating a dementia-friendly Brisbane as a strategic element of the Brisbane 2032 Olympics – but what does this mean? This briefing explores what it means to be ‘dementia-friendly’ and what local governments can do to support people living with dementia in their communities.


Health and social care round-up: September 2021

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.

England & Wales

Time to trade asbestos fear for education

Many houses, sheds, and rural properties across Australia still contain asbestos cement sheeting and other asbestos-containing products, attention is now focused on the safe and responsible disposal of existing products. This briefing shares a case study of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation’s innovative asbestos education campaign.

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Refugees and Afghanistan: how councils are helping with resettlement

Councils have been asked to help thousands of Afghan refugees resettle in the UK but details of the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme are only emerging slowly with limited government guidance to date. This briefing looks at what councils can offer in the context of wider policy on refugees and immigration.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
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Consultation on the National Care Service in Scotland – act now

In February 2021, the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland published its final report. This briefing sets out the key aspects of the consultation and highlights some of the potential implications for local government and other public services.