This briefing looks at how Cavan County Council organised an online ‘Cavan Day’ which united the global Cavan family and laid the foundation for a more interconnected Diaspora. We explore both the local and wider policy contexts and some of the challenges of planning in a pandemic.
In this briefing, Zoe Pappas and Jess Cossens from Right Lane Consulting draw on their experience as strategy experts to share robust diagnosis as a valuable tool for council planning processes.
In September the UK Government launched the new UK National Data Strategy to build a ‘world-leading’ data economy and support the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The closing date for responses to its consultation to shape the principles of the strategy is 2 December 2020.
This briefing summarises the financial consequences of the pandemic in relation to early childhood education and care providers. It details the support available to help providers and how these measures have interacted with the loss of income and the pre-pandemic finances of providers. It also explores the financial implications of the pandemic on the capacity…
The government in September extended permitted development rights – which has been contentious. In the same month, it brought in restrictions designed to ensure new homes delivered using the rights will now have to meet minimum space standards. John Hart summarises responses here.
In the following briefing, Dr. Seán Ó’Riordáin provides an overview of the budget with a particular focus on local government and issues of concern to the local authorities in Ireland. The briefing has this focus as invariably big-ticket spending such as Education and Health unsurprisingly will be the focus of the national media. Nonetheless, there…
September saw the Government launch its ‘Living with Covid’ Plan and by early October had put all counties on Level 3 restrictions. This briefing provides an overview of Oireachtas activity in September which was largely Covid-19 focused, including the Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Act 2020, Dying with Dignity Bill, Sick Leave and Parental Leave…
This Autumn, UK government will begin to replace the furlough policy with a new job support scheme. In this briefing, Patrick Jowett examines European approaches to short-run economic recovery and the centrality of local government integration and autonomy in these examples.
Major planning changes, including the use of an algorithm to determine local housing need, have provoked anger in England. Planning reform is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round-up, which also reports on homelessness, evictions, fire safety and permitted development.
Tara Callinan from SGS Economics and Planning interviews Dr John Bates, Research Director at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (CRC), to better understand how local governments can access and benefit from the work of the CRC to support their community’s disaster preparedness.