Allegations over the last year have raised serious concerns about the ABP, in turn, a number of examinations have been conducted. A report was recently released by three senior ABP staff members and this briefing examines the findings which have seriously undermined the reputation of the Board and embroiled it in costly litigation.
For the first time, voters across England must show photo ID at council elections this May. The same will apply throughout Great Britain at future general elections. But are election staff ready for the change, and have concerns over using ID been overcome? This briefing takes a look into the details.
This briefing provides an overview of the ‘Co-Design Process Final Report’. This co-design process was premised on the then-Australian Government’s commitment to establishing the Voice via legislation and not enshrining it in the Constitution – in contrast to what the Uluru Statement from the Heart called for. Here’s where everything stands today.
This round-up briefing provides an easy-to-digest update on the progress of legislation currently in Holyrood and Westminister that is of relevance to local authorities in Scotland. This edition covers the progress of Bills on topics like animal welfare, online safety, energy, procurement and infrastructure.
This policy round-up for England looks at policy announcements and publications from December 2022 and January 2023. After the hiatus of the summer and turmoil of early autumn, government departments are getting back to the usual rhythm of policy business, and there have been some significant announcements.
Amidst the gloom of a disappointing local government finance settlement, this briefing looks at the main findings of the recent financial bulletin 2021-22 and at how councils in Scotland are currently dealing with budget pressures while preparing for the challenges that lie ahead.
Vulnerable children and young people are failing to receive support due to teacher shortages and problems in the care system. Some appear to have disappeared off the radar of schools and local authorities. This new briefing looks at the key issues and suggests what needs to be done.
Our monthly review highlights key findings from leading think tanks and research institutes across the globe. This edition features publications on housing affordability; involving refugees in place-making; shortages in the care workforce; lessons from German reunification; welfare reform; and using data to improve policy making.
This briefing provides an overview of the concept of ‘permacrisis’ and what it might mean for local government and other sub-national partners over the coming period.
This briefing showcases how Clare County Council – Ireland’s recently awarded Local Authority of the Year – delivers for its communities and ensures the county continues to develop as a place to live, work and visit.