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Harnessing hope in UK towns: lessons for an international audience

Prospect magazine recently partnered with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to produce a supplement focused on community-driven regeneration within towns across the UK and further afield, including Oldham in Greater Manchester.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Commons Education Committee

A look at the House of Commons Education Committee’s report Special educational needs and disabilities (October 2019). The report aims to influence the forthcoming spending review and to examine the effect of government policies on the implementation of the 2014 Act.

England & Wales
Members

Swift Read: Aluminium cladding and zero valuation

This briefing looks at the issue of aluminium cladding, which is causing homes to be valued at zero in home reports. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers involved in housing standards and fire safety, as well as anyone interested in the wider context around cladding and fire risk.

Scotland
Members

Challenge Accepted: how to meet the housing needs of the disabled and elderly

Evidence suggests that disabled people can face discrimination when trying to access suitable housing. Does the UK have the opportunity to lead from the front for disabled people, now that the Government’s design guidance has been published? This briefing will be of use to Councillors and local government officers working in housing, planning and adult…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Swift Read: Lothian Buses – A publicly owned success story

The Transport (Scotland) Bill passed the final stage in Holyrood in October 2019, giving Scottish local authorities powers to improve and even run local bus services, where they may not be currently meeting the needs of the community. Lothian buses is currently the only municipal bus company in Scotland, the largest in the UK, and…

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Health, public health and social care round up: November 2019

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digestible read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.

England & Wales
Members

Planning appeals in Ireland

An Bord Pleanála published its 2018 Annual Report and Accounts on 18th September 2019, and this briefing examines the functions of the Board and its performance during 2018.

Ireland
Members

General Election 2019: SNP and Scottish Greens manifestos

This briefing is one of a series on the 2019 general election. It provides a short summary of the key points in the manifestos from the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Scottish Greens. LGiU briefings on other Westminster party manifestos, including those specific to England and Wales, can be found in our general election bundle.

Scotland
Members

Connecting the dots: Mayo County Council’s global diaspora

Mayo County Council has been to the forefront of diaspora development and engagement for many years, and the Council has for some years been seeking ways to magnify the human capital and financial resources that emigrants, and their descendants contribute. In doing so, they are a world-leading exemplar of how a local authority can bring…

Ireland