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Early learning from the Sport England Local Delivery Pilots (LDPs)

Sport England’s Local Delivery Pilots are entering the second year of a four year £100 million lottery funded programme to trial innovative projects to build healthier and more active communities as part of the UK’s national strategy for sport Sporting Future. We consider the progress so far.

England & Wales
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The local government officer – is it time for a change?

Local government is facing substantial challenges, leading to an increased need for its workforce to change and adapt. The skills and experience needed will be broader than the technical expertise that has historically stood many in good stead.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
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Reflections on housing policy challenges

Ensuring availability and affordability of housing, to rent or buy, and market stability, poses major policy challenges for 2019 and beyond, with no easy answers and few risk-free options. This briefing covers the past, present and future of the current housing crisis and what we can do.

Ireland
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Metro Mayor Precept – Value for Money? (part two)

With the recent announcements to advance the plebiscites for executive mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford, LGiU Ireland looks at one of the most interesting dynamics arising from appointment of Metro Mayors in the UK.

Ireland
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Metro Mayor Precept – Value for Money?

If local taxpayers are now going to be asked to finance the running of a combined authority, are they getting value for money? We look here at the 2019-20 budget of the Liverpool Combined Authority and what has been achieved there since its inception.

England & Wales
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How ‘inclusive’ is Inclusive Growth? Equalities and Investment

Scotland has deep-rooted, stubborn equalities challenges of which it cannot be proud. Inclusive Growth is an ambitious socio-economic policy agenda set for Scotland intended to make it a fairer, more equal country. This briefing covers the role of City Region Deals (CRD) in this vision and how jobs can be created for all.

Scotland
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The Fair Funding Review – One Year On

Progress has been made since the initial consultation – there is a recognisable structure of the funding formula, but there is still a lot do before the system is ready to be introduced for 2020-21, and concerns have been expressed about what is included in assessing relative needs.

England & Wales
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2018 Housing Review: A Modest Proposal

In this end of year housing review we take the opportunity to look at some of the developments in housing in Ireland over 2018 and reflect on some priorities for the immediate future.

Ireland