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How UK Towns are determining their futures

In 2019, Carnegie UK Trust decided to tell the story of a variety of towns, who face challenges like changes in their economic base, an ageing demographic, and funding cuts to local authorities – but are coming up with innovative solutions. In the report Turnaround Towns UK we reflect on nine towns’ stories that illustrate…

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Housing and planning round-up January 2020

January’s housing and planning round-up includes news about licensing private landlords, homelessness figures, barriers to house building and right to buy sales.

England & Wales, Scotland

Swift Read: Innovation in Politics Awards 2019

This year, the Innovation in Politics Awards for the best political projects from all over Europe were presented in Berlin. 80 finalists and eight winners in eight categories were selected, and Ireland was well-represented in terms of submissions and selected finalists. This Swift Read presents LGiU’s coverage of the award ceremony and insights into the…

Ireland
Members

Swift Read: The rough sleeping initiative

An analysis of the rough sleeping initiative (RSI) by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, published late last year, concluded that a UK government initiative to reduce rough sleeping in England led to a significant fall in the number of people sleeping rough in areas that received funding in 2017-18.

England & Wales
Members

Further freedom? Possible extensions to the FOISA

This briefing explains which bodies and functions are subject to the Freedom of Information Act Scotland and how an extension of the act might be applied, covering the factors likely to be taken into account during consideration. It is likely to be of interest to local government officers working in the areas of Freedom of…

Scotland
Members

Brexit Update – January 2020

This briefing updates members on the Brexit timeline over the next few months, legislation going through parliament and some key issues for UK local government and the devolved administrations.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

University technical colleges – NAO report

The National Audit Office has reported on the Government initiative in England to improve technical education by establishing separate educational institutions – University Technical Colleges (UTCs) – for 14 to 19-year olds. A key finding is that the 48 UTCs in January 2019 were operating at 45% capacity on average.

England & Wales
Members

The financial performance of local authorities between 2013 and 2015

This briefing is part of a series reviewing the reports of the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC). This briefing provides an overview of the findings of NOAC’s 8th national report which examines the financial performance of local authorities between the years 2013 and 2015.

Ireland
Members

Rural bus services

This briefing looks at rural buses and what was promised by the Conservative Party in the 2019 General Election to support the bus network outside cities and metropolitan areas.

England & Wales, Scotland