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Why the Local Electricity Bill could be important for a post Covid world

Could the Local Electricity Bill (2020) transform the current electricity regime? The Bill would introduce powers to issue licences to smaller providers of electricity. This would enable local generators of electricity to become local suppliers both to residents and businesses.  

England & Wales, Scotland
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Illicit drug use and homelessness: how Canada and the UK are dealing with a growing crisis

In 2016, Canada declared a national opioid crisis due to the dramatic rise in drug-related deaths over the past decade. This briefing will investigate the intertwining nature of drug use and homelessness and compare the situation to that of the UK, before discussing whether the approaches taken in Canada could also be effective in the…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Scotland Ending Homelessness Together: A Call For Action

Scottish Government and COSLA published an updated action plan in October titled ‘Ending Homelessness Together’, while a guide from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group created for Scottish local authorities has also been developed, with support from the Scottish Government. This briefing looks at the plans and recommendations from both.

Scotland
Members

Less conversation, more action: ‘Net Zero Decarbonisation’ and ‘Green Recovery Inquiry’ reports

The last few weeks saw the release of two important reports from the UK and Scottish Governments concerning the decarbonisation agenda and post Covid-19 green recovery respectively; the UK wide ‘Net Zero Decarbonisation Report’ and the Scotland-focussed ‘Green Recovery Inquiry’. This briefing highlights the key themes and policy recommendations for local government.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Youth service – local authority statutory role and ten-year vision – NYA

The National Youth Agency is the leading body for youth work in England and Wales. New national guidance to support English local authorities with their statutory duty to secure local youth services was published in October 2020. In November, the NYA published Ten Year Vision for Youth Work 2020-2030, focusing on the positive role local…

England & Wales
Members & Followers

The work of Bord Pleanála in 2019

An Bord Pleanála published its 2019 Annual Report and Accounts in July 2020 and this briefing examines the functions of the Board and its performance during 2019.

Ireland
Members & Followers

Covid-19: tiers, tests and vaccines

The arrival of the first vaccine was enormously welcome but it isn’t going to make a major difference for some time yet. We consider key challenges facing local authorities over the coming weeks, the Winter Plan, and summarise guidance and regulations on community testing and the vaccination rollout programme.  

England & Wales
Members

How effectively are NSW councils delivering growth infrastructure?

A discussion of the recent performance of NSW local governments in delivering growth infrastructure, based on annual financial statements and population growth data – focusing on local government areas where effective and efficient delivery of growth infrastructure particularly matters.

Australia
Members

Oireachtas Review: November 2020

This review provides an overview of the Oireachtas affairs of November, alongside detailed coverage on the Working from Home (Covid-19) Bill, the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill, and the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund.

Ireland