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Keeping the lights on: Robin Hood Energy

Robin Hood Energy (RHE) was established in 2015 when it became the UK’s first local authority owned gas and electricity supplier. This briefing outlines what was done, how it worked and what could have been done better.

Scotland
Members

Fingal County Council: A Month in the Life

In the third instalment in our new series of monthly briefings on local government activities, we’re looking at the achievements and innovations of Fingal County Council, drawing from the February edition of their Chief Executive’s Monthly Report.

Ireland
Members

Where next for the Northern Powerhouse?

The Northern Powerhouse is nearly five years old. What progress has been made? A new report by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), chaired by George Osborne, sets out ten key recommendations for central government.

England & Wales
Members

AILG 2019 Training Conference

LGiU Ireland went along to Longford for the Association of Irish Local Government’s 2019 training conference. Here’s a brief summary of what was discussed during the packed two-day event, and what Scotland can learn from it.

Scotland
Members

Welfare Reform Update March 2019

What is the current state of the roll out of Universal Credit? We look here at two reports produced by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on benefits sanctions and UC; and at what is known so far (very little) about the new Work and Health Programme.

Scotland
Members

The Living Standards Outlook 2019

The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.

Scotland