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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 Briefing
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IFS Deaton Inequality Review: Communities and attitudes to inequality

In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality. This briefing deals with two papers published on 23 May 2022 as part of the Review – Communities, places and inequality and Attitudes to inequality: preferences and beliefs.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Resource Spending Review May 2022 – what it means for councils and public services

This briefing looks at some of the main features of the Scottish Government’s Resource Spending Review (published on 31st May) and the impact the new spending plans will have on local councils. It also uses the recently-published Accounts Commission Local Government Overview 2022 to assess how prepared councils are to meet the challenges ahead.

Scotland Briefing
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An examination of the UK electoral systems

This briefing looks at the various electoral systems in use across the UK and examines the pros and cons of each.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up June 2022

Regulation is the big issue in June’s housing and planning roundup with legislation meaning that some social landlords in England could face Ofsted-style inspections and unlimited fines if they are deemed to be failing. Other topics include homelessness, fire safety, carbon in housebuilding, and second homes.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Key take aways for local government from the proposed Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy

After months of development, the NSW Government’s proposed Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) was suddenly abandoned in April this year. This briefing revisits what was proposed, and argues for local governments to step in and implement these reforms, drawing on the extensive strategic analysis and expert input that went into the Draft…

Australia Briefing
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Local planning aspirations versus national policy

In our previous briefing, we discussed and analysed the background, policy context and dramatis personae of an interesting battle between one of Ireland’s largest local authorities and the Irish State. We now return to this issue to give another up-to-date perspective on this critical topic.

Ireland Briefing
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Is planning part of the patriarchy?

Are cities sexist and is our planning system biased against women? This briefing examines the arguments that planning authorities should require an assessment of the impact on women’s safety to be published as a condition of planning approval for major developments.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Low Pay Britain 2022

This briefing covers the Resolution Foundation’s latest Low Pay Britain report, the twelfth in the Resolution Foundation’s annual series of reports on low pay in the UK.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Leading out loud – Local climate leadership

This briefing identifies some of the challenges around leading and delivering local climate action, discusses the importance of effective leadership and using case studies, outlines how strong local leadership can help deliver infrastructure projects and service changes that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing