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Time to Listen: The Big Climate Conversation

The Big Climate Conversation in Scotland is one of a number of initiatives aimed at engaging the public on the issue of climate change. This briefing examines the outcomes of the initiative, drawing on case studies from across the UK and Europe to suggest how local government can stimulate and support climate action.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members & Followers

Covid-19: Local government finance

What are the current and future implications for local government finance arising from the current Covid-19 pandemic? We summarise government financial support for local communities, consider the ongoing impact of the crisis on the immediate financial position of local councils, and look forward to the likely medium-term financial implications.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Community engagement during Covid-19

This briefing provides examples of a diverse range of democratic, service and digital innovations introduced by local governments in Australia to address the unprecedented changes to community life caused by efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.

Australia
Members & Followers

Strategic recovery planning – early considerations for place-shaping post-Covid-19

This briefing considers local authorities’ approaches to medium and long-term ‘strategic recovery planning’ of their cities, towns and communities in the immediate aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. It suggests possible frameworks for strategic recovery planning. and some of the contextual issues that places may face on the road to recovery.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Housing supply – already a challenge, now added uncertainty

This briefing looks towards the challenge of increasing housing output without attempting to predict what is likely to be achieved – which would have been a hazardous enterprise even without the new uncertainties of Covid-19 – but rather to put the scale of that task into perspective by reference to the extent of progress that…

Ireland
Members & Followers

Covid-19: How should local authorities be looking after their workforce during the outbreak?

Council staff are facing many challenges – such as undertaking a new or more senior role, balancing home working with caring responsibilities and dealing with increased workloads. We look here at the help that is available to support the workforce and give practical guidance for dealing effectively with the key concerns.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members & Followers

Local government and Covid-19: the economic impact

It is clear that Covid-19 is already having a profound impact on economies globally and nationally. We consider here the negative effects on jobs, regions, sectors and individuals. We also consider the possible future implications for public spending and social and economic equality.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members

After Covid-19: Pathways for Housing Policy in Ireland

While the pandemic currently obscures all other issues, Ireland will emerge from the lockdown still with long-term housing market problems around supply, affordability, and homelessness. This briefing covers four key models that represent potential directions for housing.

Ireland