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21st Century Working: meeting the challenges of a changing workplace

Millennials are set to make up 50% of the UK’s workforce by 2020 with Generation Z following close behind. This briefing explores these changes and looks at the ways in which local authorities can adapt in order to attract and retain younger talent.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
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Waiting for Godot (or even a local authority tenancy)

Just about every country operates some form of waiting list for housing services provided by the state. This briefing covers Ireland’s use of waiting lists for local authority housing and how they’ve changed in recent years.

Ireland
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Swift Read: Rethinking fuel poverty in Scotland

This Swift Read explores why Scottish Government is redefining fuel poverty, the basis of the new definition, and its implications for policies that aim to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland.

Scotland
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Home is Where the Heart is: The international perspective on how to resolve homelessness

In this international briefing, we consider examples of how different countries are working to resolve homelessness. It touches on the Housing First model, as well as other initiatives that countries across the globe are implementing in their quest to end homelessness.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Housing First: a solution for homelessness in Scotland?

This briefing explores Housing First as a possible solution to rising levels of homelessness amongst society’s most vulnerable citizens. We look at current trends in homelessness prevention in Scottish policy-making and set out what local authorities can do to aid the transition towards a Housing First approach.

England & Wales, Scotland
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High streets and town centres in 2030

2018 was a tough year for retailers, with household names going into administration or announcing major restructuring and store closures. The HCLG committee concludes they are on the brink, yet with the right strategic leadership they can thrive in the future. Local authorities should be at the heart of this.

England & Wales
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Are we failing the health of our adolescents and young people?

The Nuffield Trust has looked at international comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood .finding that, despite improvements, the UK compares poorly with other, similar countries in providing support to young people with long-term conditions to manage their care, and that this appears to be getting worse.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Are modern families waving or drowning?

Working Families and Bright Horizons Family Solutions have published their Modern Families Index, produced annually since 2012. It looks at how working families manage the balance between work and family in the UK.

England & Wales, Scotland