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DWP’s preparations for changes in the world of work

This briefing looks at the recent Work and Pensions Select Committee report which inquires into the preparedness of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for changes to the nature of work, brought about by new technology.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Creating better places: lessons from Scotland

An overview and comment addressing Professor Duncan Maclennan’s recent report titled, ‘A Scotland of Better Places’, published by Edinburgh-based think tank, David Hume Institute.

Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Benefits of Tactical Urbanism: making room for active transport, parklets, and shared spaces

COVID-19 has sparked a local government renaissance on rolling out pop-up cycle lanes and outdoor dining: elements of tactical urbanism deployed to reimagine how we use roads and car parks. This briefing will looks at the environmental, social, and economic benefits of repurposing public spaces, particularly roads and car parks, to these non-car uses.

Australia
Members

Housing and planning round-up August 2021

Homelessness is again the ‘big issue’ in this month’s housing and planning round-up, with councils backing a campaign against government guidance that could mean rough sleeping is identified as grounds for deportation. The round-up also contains news on evictions, right to buy, permitted development and fire safety.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

School funding in England: NAO report and DfE consultation

The funding of schools in England is a controversial issue. This briefing looks at the National Audit Office (NAO) July 2021 report ‘School funding in England’. In the light of national decisions on overall funding and the DfE consultation on the next steps of the national funding formula (close of consultation 30 September 2021).

England & Wales
Members

Results week 2021: the issues and implications

Academic results have again been at the front of the news headlines recently. This briefing gives an overview of results week, particularly focusing on the 2021 A-level and Highers results and looks at the run-up to the 2021 examination season and the implications it holds for the future.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Oireachtas report: July 2021

This briefing offers an overview of Oireachtas activity prior to the summer break, along with the key events and policies of the last month. It also covers the recent controversy surrounding the appointment of former Minister Katherine Zappone.

Ireland
Members

Parliamentary update June and July 2021

This briefing is the fourth in a regular series of updates on new UK parliamentary legislation of interest to local government.

England & Wales, Scotland