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What does a new UK government mean for local government?

This paper explores what Labour and the Conservatives have said about local government over the past few months and since the election date was announced, as we begin to work out what the landscape will look like from the summer onwards.

England & Wales
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England policy round-up: April and May 2024

Our England policy round-up summarises the key announcements and publications for local government. This edition is the last before the general election in July. It features papers on devolution and local democracy and five ‘levelling up’ challenges. There is also an update on a deposit return scheme for drinks containers.

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Threat to democracy: The alarming rise of violence against council staff

Across the UK, a disturbing trend is emerging with a surge in violence and abuse directed towards those who serve at the heart of local communities: council staff and elected officials. This briefing examines case studies on what councils are doing to support staff in the face of rising violence.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study
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Can AI help local government with regulatory inspections?

This briefing explores how artificial intelligence is transforming local government’s approach to regulatory obligations. It highlights AI’s role in automating inspections, providing insights, and enhancing efficiency and compliance, particularly in budget-constrained areas. The piece also discusses the challenges local authorities face and the importance of maintaining public trust while adopting new technologies.

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Health, public health and social care round-up: April–May 2024

In this latest update, the UK saw significant developments, including a general election announcement with health flagged as a key public issue. New reports highlight sustained public support for the NHS, concerns over its future, and workforce disputes. The Infected Blood Inquiry report criticised government and NHS failures while health sector reforms and patient choice…

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Flood mitigation in Waltham Forest, London: Innovative flood resilience efforts and sustainable solutions

Waltham Forest Council shares how they are proactively addressing flood risks to the community after experiencing £16m in flood damage in 2021. They have enhanced flood resilience through natural mitigation, road transformation, and household actions, like installing water butts. All while promoting community engagement in one of the most diverse and densely populated London boroughs.

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Cottonmill Cycling Centre in St Albans: How a collaborative project revolutionised local facilities

This article provides the granular details surrounding a successful resident-driven initiative to develop a new community centre in St Alban’s greenbelt site. This project not only revitalises a green space but unites a diverse community, offering something for everyone – from sports facilities to cultural spaces. Dive into a story of resilience, innovation, and inclusivity.

England & Wales With case study
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Charities and the local government funding crisis

The financial fortunes of local government and the voluntary sector are intertwined. Relationships between councils and charities go beyond direct funding, ranging from landlord/tenant, commissioner/provider, or simply trusted partners. Three recent reports explore the risks to the voluntary sector of local government cutbacks and the implications for communities.

England & Wales, Scotland