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Australia State of the Environment Report 2021: A summary

The long-awaited Australia State of the Environment Report 2021 (SOER 2021) was released by the federal Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, on 19 July. SOER 2021 is confronting reading and paints a devastating picture of the state of Australia’s environment.

Australia
Members

Parliamentary update July 2022

The purpose of this briefing is to provide a monthly update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales.

England & Wales
Members

Regional analysis of cost trends in children’s social care in England

The independent review of children’s social care in England, led by Josh MacAlister, was published its final report in May 2022. This briefing provides a simple regional analysis of cost trends described in that report – namely, the rises in looked after children and the costs of children’s social care.

England & Wales
Members

Local climate ambition – signed, sealed and partly delivered

Introduction As set out in the 2008 Climate Change Act, the CCC report to UK Parliament annually on the UK Government’s progress in reducing emissions, in line with the target of achieving net zero domestic emissions by 2050. This year’s report, published in June 2022, is the first since the publication of the UK Government’s…

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Global Local

The legacy of ​​the Iceland model and its transformation of teen substance use

In Iceland, alcohol was prohibited from 1915 until March 1st, 1989 – and that day is now referred to as Beer Day. The Nordic Studies on Drugs and Alcohol stated that in a very short time, beer became the most popular type of alcoholic beverage and it changed the structure of alcohol sales and shaped…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study
Members

ONS place-based statistics and intelligence – an update

This briefing provides an overview of recent ONS place-based statistics about your area – including, most significantly, the first release of Census 2021 data. Local authorities should ensure their intelligence capabilities are fit for evidence-informed decision-making. This briefing provides a starter for that.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Local government – Pacesetters in productivity

In expert discourse on the role and effectiveness of government, local governments tend to come way down the pecking order. In some circles, and particularly in the housing and construction sectors, local government is viewed with much disdain, often portrayed as handbrakes on progress. Local governments are typically seen as bit players in the big…

Australia
Members

Housing and planning round-up July 2022

Energy efficiency is the big issue in the latest housing and planning roundup. In a month dominated by political turmoil at Westminster, the round-up also includes news on rough sleeping, refugees, fire safety, housebuilding, and the cabinet reshuffle.

England & Wales, Scotland