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State Regulation of Local Government Revenues: can it be justified?

In this opinion piece, Graham Sansom – former CEO of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), and director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government – looks into the regulation of local government revenues.

Australia
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Net Zero by 2050: UK Government progress report

This briefing summarises the Government’s response to the Committee on Climate Change’s annual report, assessing progress in reducing emissions over the past year. The role local authorities can play in meeting this ambitious 2050 target will also be explored, making this briefing relevant to those with roles in sustainability, energy and planning.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Members

The Towns Fund: was the allocation fair and transparent?

Towns in England are being awarded millions of pounds to boost their local economies, but was the funding allocated fairly, or subject to political bias? MPs on the House of Commons PAC say the operation of the Towns Fund by ministers was not impartial and lacked transparency.

England & Wales
Members

Brexit preparedness: Perspectives from Brexit Lead Officers

This briefing brings together notes from recent LGIU Brexit Network meetings and provides an enlightening snapshot of the current state of preparedness within the sector, and of the challenges local government faces in ensuring a smooth exit from the EU on January 1st.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Homes fit for our future: getting on with climate-friendly housing

Achieving carbon neutrality in the UK and Scotland within the next twenty to thirty years requires innovation throughout the housing system. This paper examines innovation impacts in embodied, operational and land-based emissions, and explores routes to make yesterday’s innovations tomorrow’s ‘business as usual’.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

The shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic: opportunities and challenges

One of the early and ongoing impacts of COVID-19 has been the forced shift to working from home for large proportions of the workforce. This briefing looks at the occupations and spatial patterns of remote workers in Australia and the trend’s possible implications for the future of work and the future of cities.

Australia
Members

Scotland’s Inward Investment Plan: Shaping Scotland’s Economy

Scottish Government recently released its latest ‘Inward Investment Plan’. In this briefing, we discuss the contents of the plan as well as the extent to which inward investment aligns with Scotland’s aspirational values as a future net-zero economy with the principles of fair work and sustainable, inclusive growth at its heart.

Scotland