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Lightening the load: mental health support for local government workers

As we emerge from lockdowns and restrictions into a cost-of-living crisis that shows every sign of worsening, local authorities are reporting mental health challenges among the workforce.  This situation is challenging for both individuals and organisations when workforce numbers are subject to cuts and roles cannot be filled. Support is critical. This briefing highlights local…

England & Wales, Scotland
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Government Food Strategy – what does it mean for local authorities?

The government food strategy aims to deliver ministers’ ambitions for a prosperous UK agri-food sector, contributing to levelling up, greater food security in an unpredictable world, and healthier, affordable and more sustainable diets for all. Local government is expected to play an important role in delivering the priorities.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Scotland policy round-up summer 2022

Covid-19 COVID-19 and greenspace use survey findings is a new report produced by the Data and Evidence subgroup of the Environment and Spaces for Public Health Partnership Group. Before the pandemic, evidence suggested underlying inequalities in access to and use of high-quality green and open spaces. Survey findings indicate these inequalities may have widened. Evidence…

Scotland
Members & Global Local

Fighting to breathe fresh, clean air: regulations, policy direction and citizens taking a stand

The dire health and environmental implications of air pollution are well known. Poor air quality kills more people globally than smoking and costs the global economy trillions of pounds. Many practices that cause poor air quality also emit greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming. We take a look at efforts by local government…

England & Wales, Scotland With case study
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Health, public health and social care round up: July 2022

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.

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
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Scotland policy round-up June 22

This policy round-up is essential reading and provides a summary of key documents that impact local government in Scotland. From urban planning to finance, climate change to education, these publications will help to shape and inform policy and delivery of services in Scotland, including social, economic and environmental future policy contexts.

Scotland
Members

Health, public health and social care round up: June 2022

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Croke Park and local government – Advancing age-friendly Initiatives in Ireland

At the heart of Ireland’s comprehensive age-friendly coverage is a range of partnership arrangements between the country’s local authorities and local and national bodies, including sporting organisations. This briefing looks at the designation of Croke Park – one of Europe’s largest stadiums – as an age-friendly facility, the first such anywhere in the world.

Ireland With case study