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Swift Read: Recovery – if not now, when?

A Social Renewal Advisory Board was set up by Scottish Government in 2020 to make proposals for Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic and planning for social progression. In January 2021, the final report “If not now, when?” was published, making 20 calls to action for national and local government.

Scotland
Members

Affordable housing proposals: key features and issues

Following the recent reflection on past experience with affordable housing schemes, this briefing looks at the approach that is now proposed, with particular reference to the published heads of legislation, and views in relation to possible implications.

Ireland
Members

Somers Town regeneration story – drawing on good practice

This briefing considers what wider insights other projects can draw from the Somers Town urban regeneration project, located between Euston and St Pancras stations. We look at how the scheme has adapted to changing circumstances since its inception, how it was managed and what community benefits it supports.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members

Transforming Public Procurement – Green Paper

The UK spends £290 billion on public procurement every year, making it an important tool in achieving national and local policy priorities such as promoting economic development. The UK government has published a green paper on reforming procurement rules, with the aim of improving quality, transparency and value for money.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Progressing quality assurance in local government

In the following briefing, we examine progress in Ireland following a recent appraisal by the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC). This continues our coverage of the on-going work of NOAC which is consistently proving to be of interest to both our readers in Ireland and among our international readership.

Ireland
Members & Followers

Health and social care sector staff experience in the Covid-19 pandemic

This briefing looks at data from the recent Everyone Matters Pulse Survey in Scotland. This survey rates staff experience from all 22 Health Boards and 30 Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland based on their responses to quantitative and qualitative questions. Key sources of worry for staff were identified and explored, giving public services…

Scotland
Members

Housing and planning round-up February 2021

Fire safety is again the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup, with a government scheme to help leaseholders caught up in the ‘cladding crisis’ receiving a lukewarm reception. The round up also covers homelessness, almos, design codes, grants for greener homes and housebuilding.

England & Wales