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Parliamentary update: February-March 2024

The purpose of this briefing 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.

England & Wales
Members

England policy round-up: February and March 2024

The England policy round-up overviews key policy announcements and publications for local government. February and March saw some mixed economic news, and the chancellor’s spring budget. This edition features publications on elections and defending democracy, ideas for economic renewal, and the financial constraints and trade-offs facing the next government.

England & Wales
Members

Wellbeing and local government in Australia: Lessons from Golden Plains Shire

This briefing discusses the growing importance of wellbeing in economic discourse, particularly highlighted by the Commonwealth Government’s recent adoption of the Measuring What Matters framework. Using Golden Plains Shire as an example, it explores how local governments face challenges and opportunities in embracing this agenda.

Australia With case study
Members

Ireland’s Planning and Development Bill 2023 – Part 6

This is the fifth briefing in our series covering the Planning and Development Bill. It covers Part 6 of the Bill, which replaces the provisions of the Act of 2000 on Environmental Impact Assessments, the environmental assessment of applications for substitute consent, and Appropriate Assessment.

Ireland
Members

Addressing the challenges of rural education in the UK

This briefing examines the challenges facing local authorities in delivering quality education to young people in rural communities across the UK. It also proposes solutions to those challenges, with examples from a variety of different local authority areas.

England & Wales, Scotland With case study
Members

Ireland’s Planning and Development Bill 2023 – Parts 4 and 5

This is the fourth briefing in our series covering the Planning and Development Bill. It covers Parts 4 & 5 of the Bill, which consolidates the various processes to obtain planning permission, and restates the provisions by the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Act 2019.

Ireland
Members

A regional approach to planning for electric vehicles

The Northern Councils Alliance recently launched the Community Electric Vehicle Transition Plan to support lower-emission transport options and prepare for EV adoption. This briefing explores the plans and it’s recommendations for local, state, and federal governments, emphasizing the importance of regional collaboration in EV transition.

Australia With case study
Members & Global Local

Is it too difficult to reform social care?

This briefing from University of Birmingham researchers explores the difficulties of social care reform which evoke key issues such as the rebalancing of central and local government relations and new fiscal challenges. Using the metaphor of a social care ecosystem, it outlines how this can help us think about reform.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Elections issues for English local authorities 2024

This election briefing covers some essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period. This includes the publicity code, tackling discriminatory election campaigns, using data during campaigning and the position of elected members who are also campaigning for re-election.

England & Wales