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Rental affordability patterns across Australia: Index release

This briefing looks at the recent release of the Australian Rental Affordability Index (RAI) for 2020. The RAI is an indicator of the price of rents relative to household incomes, and is a free resource available for use by local government.

Australia
Members & Followers

Lessons from lockdown – Ofsted, parents and children

A look at the findings of England’s education inspectorate (Ofsted) from school visits in September and October 2020 and other reports on parents and children on the return to schools of all children in Autumn 2020.

England & Wales
Members

Cork County Council: A Month in the Life

Cork County Council provide us with an insight into their November of 2020, including their work on supporting businesses through Covid-19, improving wellbeing among communities, environment and sustainability initiatives, and current and upcoming infrastructure projects.

Ireland
Members

Housing and planning round-up December 2020

Fire safety is the big issue in this month’s roundup, with the government facing pressure to stop leaseholders in England being landed with hefty bills for removing cladding and other safety measures. The roundup also includes shared ownership, starter homes, housebuilding figures and the recent social housing white paper.

England & Wales
Members

Cyclepaths to Recovery: Fast-tracking active travel and public realm investments

This briefing looks at the benefits and challenges around fast-tracking active travel and public realm investments in response to government investment and provides examples of some local councils’ responses, particularly into major city centres.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Why the Local Electricity Bill could be important for a post Covid world

Could the Local Electricity Bill (2020) transform the current electricity regime? The Bill would introduce powers to issue licences to smaller providers of electricity. This would enable local generators of electricity to become local suppliers both to residents and businesses.  

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Illicit drug use and homelessness: how Canada and the UK are dealing with a growing crisis

In 2016, Canada declared a national opioid crisis due to the dramatic rise in drug-related deaths over the past decade. This briefing will investigate the intertwining nature of drug use and homelessness and compare the situation to that of the UK, before discussing whether the approaches taken in Canada could also be effective in the…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Scotland Ending Homelessness Together: A Call For Action

Scottish Government and COSLA published an updated action plan in October titled ‘Ending Homelessness Together’, while a guide from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group created for Scottish local authorities has also been developed, with support from the Scottish Government. This briefing looks at the plans and recommendations from both.

Scotland
Members

Less conversation, more action: ‘Net Zero Decarbonisation’ and ‘Green Recovery Inquiry’ reports

The last few weeks saw the release of two important reports from the UK and Scottish Governments concerning the decarbonisation agenda and post Covid-19 green recovery respectively; the UK wide ‘Net Zero Decarbonisation Report’ and the Scotland-focussed ‘Green Recovery Inquiry’. This briefing highlights the key themes and policy recommendations for local government.

England & Wales, Scotland