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Swift Read: Independent living for disabled adults in Scotland

Independent living can be defined as ‘disabled people of all ages having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work and in the community’. Enabling disabled people to live as independently as possible should be a core focus for local authorities, influencing decision making.

England & Wales, Scotland
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General Election February 2020 – Manifesto Overview II

In this second election manifesto briefing, we consider the key local government-related policies of other parties who may form part of the next government: Sinn Féin, the Labour Party, the Greens and the Social Democrats.

Ireland
Members

Scotland’s City Region and Growth Deals

The Accounts Commission’s report Scotland’s City Region and Growth Deals was published in January 2020. The report looks at why deals are being established in Scotland, how deals are progressing, and the challenges around the management, governance and accountability of city deals both at national and local level.

Scotland
Members

Government outsourcing: the good and the bad

 A recent study by the Institute of Government concludes that outsourcing of public services by local and central government has delivered mixed results, with the public sector no longer likely to save as much money from using private contractors as in previous decades.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

A different model for children’s social care?

This briefing is on a blueprint setting out a different model for children’s social work that better enables relationships between social workers and children and families and provides a practical route for local authorities in England to create long term change. A Blueprint for Children’s Social Care has been produced by Frontline, the charity with…

England & Wales
Members

Housing – The Election Battleground

Given the challenging housing situation it is, unsurprisingly, an important battleground of the general election. As the campaign draws to a close, this briefing reviews some of the main party proposals and their potential implications for future policy.

Ireland
Members

Learning from school statistics in 2019

In December 2019, the annual statistical publication ‘Summary statistics for schools in Scotland’ was published, providing vital information for local authorities to plan strategies for delivering excellence in education.

Scotland
Members

The Planning White Paper – what should we expect?

The government has been clear we can expect a new Planning White Paper in the coming months, but somewhat less clear about what exactly will be in it – this briefing takes a look at what ministers have already committed to, and might now be considering.

England & Wales
Members

General Election February 2020 – Manifesto overview Fianna Fáil & Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael launched their election manifestos on Friday 24th January. In this briefing, we drill down into the commitments made by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on issues relevant to local government including housing, transport, local economic development, local government reform and climate change/environment.

Ireland