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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
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Place, education and family background – what difference does it make to life’s course? – ground-breaking report from the Social Mobility Commission

The joining of school achievement information with income and welfare data at an individual person level will enable innovative research to be done on the life courses of those born from the late 1980s (for whom data was collected systematically from the mid-1990s through the National Pupil Database). The Social Mobility Commission, in a ground-breaking…

England & Wales
Members

Special Report on Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020

This briefing reviews the draft text of the Irish Government’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020, which draws on recommendations of the Citizens Assembly on Climate and those of a Joint Oireachtas committee on Climate Action. The Bill was also a key commitment of the Programme for Government where it was identified as…

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Members

EU-UK future relationship: negotiation endgame

What are the remaining negotiation issues between the EU and the UK? We look here at the endgame for the negotiations, the related debate on the UK internal market, and questions surrounding the end of the transition.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Tackling Child Poverty: Scotland’s First Year Progress report, 2018-2019

This briefing summarises key policy progress updates delivered by Scottish Government towards achieving the aims set out in the ‘Every Child, Every Chance’ Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan published in June 2019. This briefing summarises key updates, actions taken and signposts to relevant resources and funds to provide senior leaders and members of local authorities…

Scotland
Members & Followers

Poverty and the pandemic

People on low incomes in the UK have been disproportionately impacted by the health and economic impacts of Covid-19 and this may get worse as the economic crisis deepens. This briefing summarises some of the recent research on poverty and the pandemic and highlights potential policy implications.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Delivering recovery through the Sustainable Development Goals – case studies from across Scotland

As institutions across the world look for ways to “build back better” this briefing examines a Scottish Government review that brings together evidence, actions and stories on (pre-Covid) progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In summarising this report, case studies from local authorities across Scotland are used, and we explore how the localisation of…

Scotland