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Oireachtas Review: November 2018

Water, abortion, broadband and local government were the main issues before the Oireachtas in November as the budget continued its way through the legislative process. This briefing outlines these bills and their outcomes.

Ireland
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How healthy is our workforce?

What are the factors behind workforce sickness and what contributes to a healthy workforce? How can leaders and managers influence the content of any organisational health and wellbeing programme and how can they personally influence the culture of the organisation?

Scotland
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Planning 2020: The Raynsford Review of Planning in England

The recently published Raynsford review final report on planning concludes with a wide range of recommendations to improve the system, including criticism of permitted development, shared by many others in local government.

England & Wales, Ireland
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DfE: Schools causing concern: November 2018

The DfE has updated the guidance on Schools Causing Concern to take account of changes announced in May by the Secretary of State: the designation of a local authority maintained school as coasting will not lead to an Academy Order but to additional support being offered is part of several changes

England & Wales
Members

How well are councils in Scotland performing?

Summary In recent months LGiU Ireland has covered issues arising from the National Oversight and Audit Commission reports on local government performance in Ireland. Our near neighbours in Scotland have similar oversight provided by the Accounts Commission, and its annual Financial overview of local government in Scotland was published at the end of November 2018. The report…

Ireland
Members

Women in STEM – Tapping All Our Talents

In November, the Royal Society of Edinburgh published their report, on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). TAOT 2018 reviews what progress has been made in the last six years to increase the number of women working and studying in STEM in Scotland.

Scotland
Members

Housing and planning round-up December 2018

Fire safety, homelessness, sales of social housing and the future of the planning system all feature in this month's housing and planning round-up. There are also details of ongoing consultations covering high street planning, classifying second homes as holiday lets and shared ownership schemes

England & Wales
Members

Housing Review: November 2018

In this month's housing briefing we step back a little, and look at some of the ideas emerging from some recent housing conferences.

Ireland
Members

Disinformation and fake news: the state of play

Efforts are being made to better understand and to regulate the environment of ‘fake news’ in an increasingly poisonous and potentially dangerous political environment. Intervention is needed at government and at international level. A government White Paper is expected during the next six months. What issues should it address?

Scotland
Members

Shared services

Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers

England & Wales, Scotland