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Swift Read: Reflections on parity of esteem and mutual respect

The 2019 COSLA/IS conference marked the twentieth anniversary of devolution. Two other significant anniversaries were noted at this conference. It is fifty years since the Royal Commission on Local Government in Scotland (Wheatley) reported recommending a major overhaul of the system. It is also twenty years since the report of the Commission on Relations between…

Scotland
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The Glover Report on Designated Landscapes

This briefing provides an overview of the final report of the Glover Landscapes Review which was published in September. It follows a wide-ranging review of designated landscapes (National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONBs)) which launched in May 2018

England & Wales
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Schools in England: unexplained pupil exits

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) have published ‘Unexplained pupil exits from schools: Further analysis and data by multi-academy trust and local authority’. The EPI present a subtle policy analysis that considers a range of factors within a complex school system.

England & Wales
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Housing Review: October 2019

In what will be a mainly Brexit-free review, we look at some of the issues that may have escaped attention when all eyes were focused on the 31st October. The one item, however, that will surely have been picked up by anyone interested in housing will be the announcement by Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for…

Ireland
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The IFS 2019 Green Budget

This briefing deals with the IFS 2019 Green Budget which the IFS normally publishes  about a month before the Government’s annual Budget; the 2019 Green Budget was published on 8 October 2019, six days before the announcement on 14 October of a 2019 Budget for 6 November, which has since been postponed. This briefing will…

England & Wales, Scotland
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Housing and planning round-up November 2019

November’s housing and planning round-up includes government announcements, latest statistics, major reports and ongoing consultations. This month’s ‘big issue’ is fire safety, following publication of the report of phase 1 of the inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017.

England & Wales, Scotland
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JRF Report: Poverty in Scotland 2019

This briefing deals with a short report on Poverty in Scotland by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), analysing poverty trends in Scotland and examining how the Scottish Government can use its new powers to reduce poverty further.

Scotland
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Financial Inclusion Monitor 2019

The UK has relatively low rates saving and high rates of problem debt, but more people than ever have access to a bank account, according to the financial inclusion annual monitoring report which presents data on the economic situation and employment, as well as access to financial services and products.  

England & Wales, Scotland