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Housing and planning round-up November 2022

Building safety is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round-up, with the conclusion of the Grenfell inquiry. Other news includes next year’s rent cap, a toddler’s death in a mouldy flat, exempt accommodation, rough sleepers and Scotland’s national planning framework.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Autumn Statement 2022 – the key announcements for local government

This briefing summarises the most relevant highlights from the 2022 Autumn Statement for local government, including funding promises for education, social care and levelling up development and an increase to the National Minimum Wage. 

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Corporate Planning in local government in Ireland

This is the latest briefing in the LGIU series that examines the work of the NOAC (the National Oversight and Audit Commission) in Ireland, particularly focusing on report number 46, which reviews local authorities and regional assemblies’ corporate plans for 2019- 2024.

Ireland
Members

Movers and stayers: localising power to level up towns – Demos report

A key principle of the UK levelling up policy is that people should be able to “stay local, go far”. This report by Demos examines the differing motivations of those leaving ex-industrial areas and struggling coastal towns versus those who stay and argues for a fresh focus on the ‘stayers’.

England & Wales, Scotland With case study
Members

Energy Poverty All Year Round: A Challenge For 2022 And 2023

This briefing investigates the current global energy situation, as well as examining how fuel poverty manifests itself in winter and summer, explaining some of the actions national and local governments around the world have taken to alleviate it to date.

Global
Members

Economic development’s vibe shift

In this briefing series, SGS Economics and Planning’s Thomas Walker draws on his own experience forming economic development strategies with local government to explore the changing nature of economic development in Australia.

Australia
Members

Something in the air? Ensuring residents are informed about air pollution

Air pollution remains a serious problem in parts of the UK, with particular concern over levels of nitrogen dioxide. But how do people check the quality of air where they live? And is enough being done to highlight ways to improve it? This new briefing explores the issue.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

The ‘Housing First’ approach to homelessness

This briefing looks at the Housing First approach to homelessness. It highlights how, with its focus on rough sleeping, it has changed the approach of the UK government and local authorities in tackling the problems of people with high and complex needs. The evidence highlights some success.  

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Global Local

Finland: an individualistic welfare state public sector reform and community wealth building

The briefing provides an insight into how Finland is implementing and advancing policies and practices that aim to progress plural ownership of the economy, including making financial power work for local places; fair employment and just labour markets; progressive procurement of goods and services; and, socially productive use of land and property.

Global With case study