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Are community infrastructure benchmarks fit for purpose?

This briefing is the first in a series which looks at community infrastructure planning. In particular, this provides an overview of the current infrastructure benchmarks, how to use them, what to be aware of, and how they need to adapt.

Australia
Members

First Nations Cultural Heritage Reform

The destruction of Juukan Gorge precipitated a Parliamentary Joint Committee inquiry, the formation of the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance, and a new partnership with the Australian Government to develop options for legislative reform. This briefing provides an overview of the options and highlights some of the issues.

Australia
Members

Health, public health and social care round-up: February 2023

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policies, research and publications that are relevant to councillors and officers interested in health and social care. Big topics this month include the cost of care, workforce issues and delayed discharges, among others.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Global Local

Are young people losing faith in democracy? It’s complicated…

Evidence shows that young people participate less in civic life than older people, they have low levels of trust in political leaders and they are hugely under-represented on elected bodies. This briefing examines the evidence around young people and their commitment to democracy and looks at both sides of the debate.

Global
Members

Education and children’s services in England in 2022: the Ofsted Annual Report

Want to know more about the full range of education, children’s services and skills training in England and the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic, and staffing and funding shortfalls? This briefing addresses the recent annual report by England’s chief inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

England & Wales
Members

Cost of living pressures – Councils step up to the plate

The cost of living crisis has hit Scottish households hard while local government services are under immense and growing pressure. However, there are a number of ways in which local government is rising to the challenges that these financial difficulties bring. This briefing shares projects and services that councils are delivering for communities under pressure.

Scotland With case study
Members

Read all about it – Councils and local journalism

Local democracy reporters employed by the BBC have made a huge difference to the coverage of councils in the UK. But with many local papers having closed, there is no guarantee that residents know what their council is doing. Our new briefing looks at the health of local journalism.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Dublin Citizens’ Assembly on mayoral government

In 2022, A Citizens Assembly for Dublin City and County was addressed by a range of local government experts, political scientists, and international mayors from cities equivalent in size and scale to Dublin in order to make recommendations to the government in Ireland. These recommendations and their implications are examined in this briefing.

Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland With case study
Members

A light in the dark: progressive frontiers in local economies – report by CLES

This briefing reports on new research from CLES about how mainstream economic development practice in UK local authorities is changing, and how far it has embraced more inclusive and sustainable models of growth. It finds some encouraging examples of councils trying different approaches – but will other councils follow their lead?

England & Wales, Scotland With case study
Members

Exploring alternate approaches to rate-pegging/capping: the differences matter

This briefing is the second in a two-part series which discusses the significance of recent developments in the implementation of rate-pegging/capping policies in New South Wales and Victoria and presents the case for alternative ways to achieve the political objectives of state governments.

Australia With case study