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Local planning aspirations versus national policy

In our previous briefing, we discussed and analysed the background, policy context and dramatis personae of an interesting battle between one of Ireland’s largest local authorities and the Irish State. We now return to this issue to give another up-to-date perspective on this critical topic.

Ireland
Members

Is planning part of the patriarchy?

Are cities sexist and is our planning system biased against women? This briefing examines the arguments that planning authorities should require an assessment of the impact on women’s safety to be published as a condition of planning approval for major developments.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Low Pay Britain 2022

This briefing covers the Resolution Foundation’s latest Low Pay Britain report, the twelfth in the Resolution Foundation’s annual series of reports on low pay in the UK.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Leading out loud – Local climate leadership

This briefing identifies some of the challenges around leading and delivering local climate action, discusses the importance of effective leadership and using case studies, outlines how strong local leadership can help deliver infrastructure projects and service changes that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members

Culture and Levelling Up

This briefing provides an update and round-up on culture and levelling up. It looks at some of the emerging evidence themes from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee Inquiry on cultural placemaking and levelling-up, alongside DCMS and Arts Council England policy and spending announcements.

England & Wales
Members

Carbon: Future impact and policy implications

This briefing focuses on carbon and its human-caused impact on climate and the environment. Having outlined the carbon cycle in the context of the 6th IPCC Assessment Report, it explores the issues exercising policymakers across different countries and administrations and the growing influence and challenges carbon will have on decision and policymakers in the future.

Ireland
Members

Policy round-up Scotland May 2022

The policy round up is essential reading and provides a summary of key documents that impact local government in Scotland alongside links to full reports.

Scotland
Members

Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 – Old wine, new bottles?

The Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 28 April 2022. The Act mainly applies to England. A summary of the main provisions of the Act and the likely implications for local government can be found in the briefing.

England & Wales
Members

Oireachtas report: May 2022

This briefing looks over the months affairs in the Oireachtas, Ireland’s Parliament, in May 2022.

Ireland