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Housing and planning round-up August 2022

Homelessness is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup, with more households owed a prevention duty by councils, partly due to evictions by private landlords and rising rent arrears in social housing. Other stories cover right to buy, asylum seekers, short-term lets and accessibility in new homes.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Scotland policy round-up summer 2022

This policy round-up is essential reading and provides a summary of key, new documents that impact local government and public services in Scotland. Topics include poverty, urban planning, finance, climate change and education, these publications will help to shape and inform policy and delivery of services in Scotland, including social, economic and environmental future policy…

Scotland
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Fighting to breathe fresh, clean air: regulations, policy direction and citizens taking a stand

Continued advancement of technological know-how to solve air quality issues requires political willpower and financial support to enable local authorities, communities and other non-state actors to drive change and make our air more breathable. There are many actions summarised here that local government can take to improve air quality. This briefing is relevant to officers…

England & Wales, Scotland
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Housing affordability and the impacts of Short-Term Rental Accommodation

This briefing looks at short-term rental, how it is affecting local communities, and how state and local governments are responding. Looking at the regulation currently in place and the drivers for these regulations, it also considers international comparisons and potential regulatory frameworks available to monitor the impacts of STRA on the community.

Australia
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Digital Poverty in the UK – Evidence Review 2022

The way we live, work, communicate and access services is increasingly digital. Without digital access, people are excluded from many fundamentals, exacerbating existing social inequalities. The Digital Poverty Alliance reviews the evidence on the extent and nature of digital poverty in the UK and argues for holistic and sustained action.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Connecting with Country in the built environment

In 2020, the NSW Government Architect released a ‘Draft Connecting with Country’ framework for the planning, design, and delivery of all New South Wales Government built environment projects that aim to ‘connect’ us with Country. This briefing outlines the core aims of the framework and its implications for New South Wales local governments.

Australia
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IFS-Deaton Inequality Review: Early Childhood Inequalities

In June 2022 the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published five papers on families and early childhood development. This briefing deals with one of the longest of these papers: Early childhood inequalities.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Goldmine or Housing Catastrophe? The impacts of short-term tourist rentals

This is the first of a series of briefings discussing the consequences of tourism on the economic and social development of towns and cities (both positive and negative) since the year 2017 – which was declared by the United Nations the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland