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Latest NRS statistics on Covid-19 deaths in Scotland

This briefing presents NRS statistics on Covid-19, published weekly by National Records of Scotland (NRS), last published on 15th July 2020. Statistics will cover main areas of mortality data, highlighting mortality by Covid-19 on location, ethnicity and occupation.

Scotland
Members & Followers

EU-UK future relationship: impact of Covid-19

The UK’s exit from the transition period will bring significant change, with or without a new deal. Local government will have to contend with managing the continuing and unpredictable Covid-19 situation, the recovery, and the Brexit changeover simultaneously. We summarise the state of negotiations and the potential impact on councils.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Improving childhood obesity – a local lens and local action

Alongside national approaches to improving levels of childhood obesity, this briefing explores the multiple opportunities for local government to improve the environments that children live in, the food they eat and their opportunities for being physically active and enjoying exercise.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

Swift Read: Let the music play – how can live music recover from Covid-19?

The UK music industry generates £5.2bn a year but Covid-19 has pushed hundreds of grassroots music venues into crisis and risks thousands of job losses. This briefing examines the issues venues face, the impact of government support and the potential role of local authorities in their recovery.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Outsourcing: when should services be brought inhouse?

More services are being provided in-house by local and central government, with Covid-19 accelerating the move away from outsourcing. But has outsourcing really had its day? A new Institute for Government report sets out what councils should ask when deciding whether to insource.

England & Wales
Members

Local government in the Programme for Government (PFG) – a brief overview

The 2020 Programme for Government – Our Shared Future consists of 12 sections, termed ‘Missions’, the last of which, titled ‘Reforming and Reimagining our Public Life’, includes the sub-theme of local government. This sub-theme contains a substantial list of specific proposals, which are summarised in this briefing under five broad thematic headings.

Ireland
Members

Social mobility – what’s been achieved in the last seven years?

The Social Mobility Commission has published a comprehensive audit highlighting what it describes as a “disappointing level of [UK] government action” on social mobility over the last seven years. In this briefing, we explore the findings, which comprehensively cover many major policy areas relating to social mobility.

England & Wales, Scotland