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A new voice and respect for local government

In this opinion piece, Dr Marcus Spiller (PIA Life Fellow and Principal at SGS Economics & Planning) provides comments on the recent LGiU Australia briefing on the “opportunities for local government to catalyse inclusive and sustainable economic transitions“

Australia
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Creating more effective policy through a greater awareness of behavioural economics

Public policy should be simple to understand and follow, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy to get right.This briefing introduces the reader to the basic concepts of behavioural science, their relevance to public policy, and why policy designers need to be thinking about these concepts to be successful.

Australia
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Health in coastal communities

Poor health in coastal communities is the focus of this year’s annual report by Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England. What is the scale of the problem and why are people living near the sea more likely to die younger and suffer from serious disease?

England & Wales
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Is it time for a new Beveridge? Modernising the welfare state post-Covid-19

Following recommendations from William Beveridge, the welfare state was introduced in the UK in 1945 to provide social security and a minimum standard of living for ordinary people. This briefing examines the parallels between 1945 and today’s pandemic-challenged society and the arguments for a new Beveridge settlement.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Health, public health and social care round-up: July 2021

July was a packed month with the publication of the Health and Social Care Bill and several public health reports, however, firm proposals for social care reform were once again delayed. Read about all the latest news, commentary and reports in our monthly round-up.

England & Wales
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Is housing a human right?

Is the option of living in adequate housing a human right? A report based on research commissioned by chief housing officers has lessons for the whole of the UK, and beyond, and is likely to get people talking about the quality of homes and the wider issues linked to housing.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Swift Read: Best practice in data and evidence led governance

This briefing provides a summary of the What Works Cities Certification, which is an initiative that can help cities determine whether they have the right practices in place to put data and evidence centrally in decision-making.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa