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Starter Homes: the housing scheme that never started

According to the Commons public accounts committee the government wasted five years and nearly £200 million on the Starter Homes scheme, only to quietly drop it in favour of another programme for first-time buyers.

England & Wales
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School attendance and pupil wellbeing under Covid-19

Pupil attendance at school during the Autumn Term 2020 has been affected by the need for pupil and staff isolation as Covid-19 continues to make school-based learning difficult in many parts of England. This briefing is on recent studies and government policy developments on the issue and the new national lockdown announced on 4 January…

England & Wales
Members

Summer Recap: a quick tour of Ireland

LGIU’s Merle Zierke takes a quick spin through a number of the LGiU Ireland briefings you may have missed during 2020, summarising issues that may provide useful insights for Australian local councils and provides the links to the detailed briefings for councillors and council staff who may want to dig a bit deeper.

Australia, Ireland
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Covid-19 New Year 2021 statistics update

This briefing updates information provided in 2020 briefings (see related briefings) on the main sources of statistics on the Covid epidemic. The focus is on data available on a UK-wide basis, but as before, more localised data sources are signposted.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members

Review of the LGAS Overview of Capital Unfunded Balances in Local Authorities

This is the next briefing in our series examining the VFM (value for money) reports that were carried out by the Local Government Audit Service (the LGAS). This briefing will provide readers with a review of the report produced by the LGAS in April 2019 titled  “An Overview of Capital Unfunded Balances in Local Authorities”.

Ireland
Members

Troubled Families Programme

The MHCLG-led Troubled Families Programme in England is nearly 10 years old. This briefing looks at its impact, recent commentary and future prospects.

England & Wales