How can local authority finances be made stable after Covid-19?

This briefing summarises a recent report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee: Local authority financial sustainability and the section 114 regime. The report follows on from recent reports by the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee, both covered by previous LGIU briefings.

England & Wales

IPCC findings and addressing climate change at the local level

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) first working group report in early August attracted significant attention. This briefing provides a summary of the report and an overview of what this may mean for Australia.


White working class pupils – Commons Education Committee

This briefing reviews the House of Commons Education Committee June report on the educational achievement of white working-class children. Using data gathered from England they found students have been “let down by decades of neglect and muddled policy thinking”.

England & Wales
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August Think Tank Review

In our latest Think Tank Review for the UK, Australia and Republic of Ireland, we find a renewed focus on localism, economy and welfare.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Risk and recovery: five ways your risk strategy can help post-pandemic recovery

This briefing shows how a structured approach to strategic risk management can help leaders to develop their post-pandemic strategies, plans and activities, by using a risk ‘lens’ to complement objective-based approaches.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa
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Movement and Place tools for integrated planning

Movement and Place theory aspires to create public places that people want to spend time in and to reconceive streets as more than just conduits for moving vehicles. This briefing offers a summary of Movement and Place frameworks and tools from NSW, Victoria, London, and New York.

Australia, Global

The economic consequences of Covid-19

This briefing profiles the scale of the economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic based mainly on statistical releases from the ONS. There is also an update on the state of public finances and a brief commentary on the latest Fiscal Risks Report produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

England & Wales, Scotland
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Global Local: Think Tank Review

We’re bringing you the latest locally-focused ideas from think tanks and research institutes around the globe. See the latest on climate, public space, social policy and local democracy.


Is renting still the forgotten sector in Ireland?

The fate of ‘generation rent’ remains high on the political agenda, however, is the media’s description of renting being Ireland’s forgotten sector still true? This briefing discusses the changing landscape of renting and the implications of the Residential Tenancies Board’s most recent and largest survey.