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Starting school in September 2020: catching up and recovery

One of the hardest tasks resulting from the closure of all schools for nearly all pupils at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic was reopening them again for all pupils. The briefing looks at two research papers and other guidance on the issue.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Ireland’s plan for living with Covid-19 and the expanding role of the local government system

This briefing examines the Irish Government’s medium-term plan for addressing Covid-19, focusing on the ongoing and potentially expanded role of local government. It has been prepared with a clear recognition that local authorities have a crucial role in lowering infection rates at local levels, while ensuring resilience.

Global, Ireland
Members

Oversight in the provision of social housing by approved housing bodies

This briefing is the latest in our series examining the reports produced by the Value for Money Unit of the LGAS. The briefing examines the VFMU report produced in December 2015 titled “The oversight role of local authorities in the provision of social housing by Approved Housing Bodies (AHB s)”.  This was the VFMU’s 29th…

Ireland
Members & Followers

Fairer streets

As we look to the future of our streets, fairer reallocation of space is a priority shaping towns and cities across the UK. In the context of Covid-19 and the competing claims to street space it adds, how can we plan our streets to ensure they represent the needs of communities while contributing to a…

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Taking back the land – community land ownership in Scotland

Increasingly, local projects have bought land and properties from large estates to individual buildings on behalf of their communities. If Scotland is to deliver on a wellbeing economy with sustainability and fairness at the heart of recovery, land use is an important cornerstone.

Scotland
Members

Housing and planning round-up September 2020

With a ban on evictions due to end in England and Wales later this month, the housing and planning round up looks at how this might affect tenants and landlords. Other issues include homelessness, housebuilding, fire safety and complaints by leaseholders.

England & Wales
Members

Improving child health – whole society or individual approaches?

Can childhood health be improved by messages to parents about what is best for the health of their children or is a collectivist and whole society approach a necessary addition? This briefing looks at the issue using the IPPR report ‘The whole society approach: Making a giant leap on childhood health’.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Four ideas for a simpler infrastructure contributions system

As was discussed in this earlier LGiU Australia briefing, the NSW Productivity Commissioner is undertaking a comprehensive review of the infrastructure contributions system. In this opinion piece, Greg New of GLN Planning proposes four ideas for a simpler contributions system.

Australia
Members

How councils are helping to revive UK coastal towns

In the last few months, some seaside towns have been struggling to cope with an unexpected influx of visitors, while others saw tourism revenue fall. But what are their long term prospects? We look here at the steps councils are already taking to ensure coastal areas have a brighter future.

England & Wales, Scotland