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Evolving approaches to territorial development – the experience of the Iveragh Gaeltacht in County Kerry, Ireland

Successive governments in Ireland have been seeking to underpin Irish or Gaeilge across the State since independence. As we mark the centenary of independence, however, Gaeilge, which has a very extensive lexicon and important cultural significance, remains vulnerable. In this briefing, we look at a recent innovative example of a local community, Iveragh which is…

Ireland, Scotland
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The role of debt in achieving financial sustainability for local government

John Comrie – Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants Australasia – draws on his extensive experience working with local government on approaches to achieving financial sustainability, arguing that the sector’s reluctance to use debt at anything like the level it affordably could has consequences for service provision.

Australia
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Regional and local economic considerations of the Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement

Whilst the Christmas Eve 2020 Trade and Cooperation Agreement outlines trade in goods and services arrangements with the EU, how this will impact on specific nations, regions, cities and districts needs to be investigated further and local policies determined accordingly. This briefing considers how that might be done.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Think tank review February 2021

As many of us pivot towards moving out of lockdown and the end of the pandemic, there is a lot of recovery-themed output from think tanks this month. However, there’s also a fair number of other topics covered, from housing and employment to education and health. The LGIU think tank review covers outputs from think…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Unleashing the talent of young people – the Learning and Work Institute

‘Unleashing talent: Levelling up opportunity for young people’ is the sixth report of the Learning and Work Institute’s Youth Commission. The report sets out a blueprint for change in England and makes recommendations for: sustained long-term investment on education, reductions in youth unemployment, a greater role for local government, a reform to the benefits system…

England & Wales
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Weathering the storm: the importance of adaptation and resilience in place-based climate action with local government in the lead

The effects of climate change are becoming more apparent with every passing month and year. This briefing highlights the importance of adaptation within local authority climate governance and explores six case studies of councils in the UK and Ireland working to improve adaptation and develop resilience.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
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Net Zero climate targets: key action areas for local government

This briefing explores local government’s potential role in decarbonization, looking at how councils can take action, along with some local government case studies. This briefing concludes with a framework for the development of a local action plan for emissions reduction.

Australia
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The Work Programme: A Quantitative Impact Assessment

The Department for Work and Pensions report published in November 2020 and summarised in this briefing is an impact assessment of the Work Programme, which stopped accepting new referrals in April 2017. The evaluation remains relevant because the UK has embarked on new large scale labour market programmes in response to the economic impact of…

England & Wales, Scotland
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Initial teacher training (ITT) and teacher professional development

How teachers enter, and are inducted into, the teaching profession matters not just because of the need to have sufficient well-trained teachers in schools but because of the role teachers have in society and in developing the character, minds and personalities of future generations of citizens. In England, the Government is pursuing reforms on initial…

England & Wales