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Health, public health and social care round-up: March 2022

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.

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Sea level rise and the case for managed retreat – The US experience and lessons for Ireland

This briefing explores the technical, financial, and socio-economic issues exercising policy makers as the effect of climate change and ever-rising sea levels bear down and impact on coastal communities. It identifies the issues and ponders whether a policy of managed retreat should be incorporated into a menu of solutions.

Global, Ireland
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Fire safety in housing: LUHC committee report

The government’s failure to come up with workable proposals for fire safety nearly five years after Grenfell has angered MPs. This briefing looks at why a Commons committee is disappointed by proposals for improving safety in tower blocks and other homes, as well as updating progress on the Grenfell inquiry.

England & Wales
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Schools White Paper: Opportunity for All

The UK Government has published it long-promised schools white paper for England ‘Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child’ and several associated documents on 28 March 2022. This briefing contains a short overview of the proposals.

England & Wales
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The challenge of infrastructure delivery in growth areas

This briefing looks at the impact of population growth in a growth area council and the need to deliver major infrastructure projects alongside business-as-usual infrastructure: the current funding mechanisms local governments are using to deliver infrastructure will not suffice.

Australia
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Scotland policy round-up March 2022

Our brand new monthly policy round-up in Scotland provides a short summary of key policy and practice documents that directly affect local government in Scotland. Key topics this month include social care, finance, climate change and citizen participation.

Scotland
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The evolution of private rental regulation in Ireland

This briefing considers the evolution of the private rental regulatory system in Ireland in light of current issues – including recent calls for further rent regulation and comments about how aspects of Ireland’s regulatory regime compare with that in other European countries.

Ireland
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Infrastructure workforce skills gaps: implications for local government

This briefing provides a summary of Infrastructure Australia’s (IA) Infrastructure workforce and skills supply report. The report explores skills required in the public infrastructure sector, the current and emerging pressures facing the workforce, future supply chains considerations and constraints.

Australia
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Spring Statement 2022 – key announcements for local government

With the UK facing a growing cost of living crisis, compounded by the Ukraine invasion, and inflation soaring at its fastest rate in 30 years, the Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament. Key announcements include increased funding for the Household Support Fund, a temporary 5p cut to fuel duty, a £3,000 National Insurance threshold…

England & Wales, Scotland