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Housing and planning round-up March 2023

Homelessness is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round-up with rough sleeping again on the increase in England, and nearly 100,000 households in temporary accommodation. Other stories include building safety, damp and mould, qualifications for housing managers and u-turns over planning policy.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Overview of recent housing market indicators

This briefing provides a succinct summary of relevant statistics relating to key indicators of the housing market in Ireland as it currently stands. It brings together data from various sources to provide a clear picture of the nation’s housing situation.

Ireland
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UK Resilience Framework – a ‘whole of society’ approach to emergency planning

Emergency planning is nothing new, but the scale of the threats the nation faces is unparalleled. Many threats are global, but emergencies are experienced locally, so local authorities are at the heart of resilience. The UK government’s new resilience framework sets out the direction for a ‘whole of society’ approach, this briefing explores the plan.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland
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England’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Improvement Plan

The UK Government’s Improvement Plan on the future shape of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) in England was published on 2 March 2023. The Plan follows a Green Paper consultation launched a year earlier. This briefing looks in detail at the proposals and what the Government is trying to achieve.

England & Wales
Members

How can we better measure community wellbeing? An exploration of the indicators

A holistic view of wellbeing helps policymakers understand the many dimensions of the lived experience – and what responses can bring us closer to equal opportunity, social cohesion, and harmony with the natural environment. This briefing outlines the role and evolution of wellbeing indicators in Australian local government.

Australia
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Challenges and opportunities facing the rental sector in 2023 and beyond

This comprehensive review looks at the current status of rented housing in the private rented sector and social housing sector and covers all you need to know about current policy and legislation in this area. It highlights the different approaches between the Scottish and UK government in their housing policy approach.

Scotland
Members

Parliamentary update: February 2023

The purpose of this round-up service is to provide a monthly update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales. This edition includes Bills on energy, levelling up, housing, procurement and schools.

England & Wales
Members

Oireachtas report: Feb to March 2023

This is the latest briefing on parliamentary affairs impacting local government. It includes references to key legislation and issues in the Oireachtas between February and March and is a great resource for keeping an eye on Irish Parliamentary matters and how they impact the sector. An in-depth briefing on the new planning legislation will follow.

Ireland