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.
This briefing provides a summary of the legislative and policy context for heritage protection in Australia, with a focus on international, national and state/territory provisions that are relevant to local governments.
How can councils retain lessons learned from the lockdown in maintaining and developing a positive organisational culture in a changed world?
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.
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.
Georges River Council began on a pathway towards an ‘innovative future’ in 2018 with the establishment of a City Strategy and Innovation Directorate.This briefing provides a summary of council’s recent Draft Innovation Strategy and the journey within council to embed innovation and transform the culture of a local council.
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.
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.
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.
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.