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Housing and planning round-up September 2021

An appeal to councils to house thousands of Afghan refugees is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup. Other news includes homelessness, green energy, fire safety, complaints to the Housing Ombudsman and structural racism.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

Consultation on the National Care Service in Scotland – act now

In February 2021, the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland published its final report. This briefing sets out the key aspects of the consultation and highlights some of the potential implications for local government and other public services.

Scotland
Members

Understanding Australia’s future infrastructure needs

Infrastructure Australia’s 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan sets a roadmap for infrastructure reform up to 2036. This briefing provides a summary of the plan with a focus on the key themes and areas for reform as they related to local government.

Australia
Members

BEIS Committee Report: post-pandemic economic growth and levelling up

This briefing deals with the July 2021 inquiry into levelling up by the Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Committee. Evidence was taken from representatives of local government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, city mayors, Chambers of Commerce, and Ministers.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Pension income and costs in local authorities

This briefing is the latest in the series briefly examining the Local Government Audit Service (LGAS) Value For Money (VFM) reports. This particular briefing specifically looks at the LGAS VFM report produced in December 2018 on ‘An Overview of Pension Income and Costs in Local Authorities’.

Ireland
Members

Loans for Victorian local governments to improve services and infrastructure

This briefing is focussed on guidelines fromthe new Local Council Lending Framework, which provide an outline of the key steps, milestones, and criteria for Victorian local governments to successfully access loans from TCV, and how councils can make best use of this new low-cost funding source.

Australia
Members

New Programme for Government 2021-22 – highlights for councils and public services

A PfG is published every year at the beginning of September and sets out the actions of the Scottish Government for the coming year and beyond. While the country is facing a difficult and uncertain time, the Government have expressed the need to learn from the pandemic and to use the recovery to create a…

Scotland
Members

Co-production: developing an equal partnership

Co-production offers an opportunity for an equal partnership between people who use services, professionals, commissioners and providers of services. It has huge potential to develop and improve services that meet the needs defined by service users.

England & Wales
Members

From pillars to pathways: the continuity and change in Irish housing

The Irish government finally published its housing programme for the next ten years, ‘Housing for All’, on 3rd September to a predictable chorus of mainly negative commentary. However, given the steady stream of prior announcements, many are also asking ‘what is new?’

Ireland
Members

Social infrastructure and levelling up – building resilient communities

The UK government has put investment in large transport and digital infrastructure projects at the heart of its approach to economic growth but has tended to overlook the important role of social infrastructure. This briefing examines the potential contribution of social infrastructure to the levelling up agenda.

England & Wales, Scotland