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Cavan Day: Creating a ‘blue wave’ in stormy weather

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.

Ireland
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National Data Strategy and consultation

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.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Reopening education and childcare provision for all in England – IFS report and DfE guidance

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…

England & Wales
Members

Swift Read: The Permitted Society? Latest on permitted development

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.

England & Wales
Members

A budget of hope and confidence…?

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…

Ireland
Members

Oireachtas review: September 2020

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…

Ireland
Members

Swift Read: Europe economic relief: the next stage of Covid-19 recovery

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.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Housing and planning round-up October 2020

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.

England & Wales