On March 18th 2021 LGiU Australia, VLGA and LGPro presented an international panel of local government executives to explore how local governments in Australia and the UK are finding innovative ways to deliver improved community wellbeing outcomes against a backdrop of a pandemic and challenging economic climate.
This briefing discusses the sustainability of rural housing in Ireland in the context of ‘one-off’ housing, the National Planning Framework, regional strategies, the impact of the Flemish Decree Case and other legal, economic and political issues.
The recent NAO report on local government finance during the pandemic is sobering but not unexpected. It calls on the government to focus on service sustainability, to continue to provide additional financial support and warns of the risks of financial failure should that support not be forthcoming.
It takes more than a well-thought-out and beautifully crafted council plan to effect real change. (In truth, crafting a brilliant strategy is just the first step!) In this briefing, Zoe Pappas and Jess Cossens from Right Lane Consulting draw on their experience to share their 6-step recipe for successful strategy execution: the Ex-FACTOR.
Every year NatCen surveys 3,000 people for the British Social Attitudes survey, providing data on public opinion about life in the UK that are relevant to local communities and public services. The latest reports illuminate recent trends, including the impact (if any) of the Covid-19 pandemic on public attitudes.
Children’s social care services in England have been subject to both rising demand and rising costs for several years. This briefing looks at recent reports.
The Government found itself beset by problems relating to Brexit and vaccine roll-out in February which were not of its own making. This briefing provides an overview of Oireachtas affairs during February, including details on the Land Development Agency Bill and new Covid legislation.
The CCN’s Future of Adult Social Care report is another addition to the discussion on how social care is delivered and how it fits into the wider healthcare system. It highlights the critical need for reform and proposes a system of ‘optimised local delivery’ with local government at its heart.
This briefing provides a summary of the recently-released The Value of Community Sport & Active Recreation Infrastructure report, as commissioned by Sport and Recreation Victoria. The report analyses and articulates the economic, health, and social value that community sport and active recreation infrastructure adds to Victoria.
UK Treasury recently published the much-anticipated report titled ‘The Economics of Biodiversity’, commentators have heralded as a ‘landmark review’. By focusing on what the review means for local authorities, here we look to draw out the key messages for local government and public services.