Given the scale of Ireland’s Planning and Development Bill 2023, the LGIU team will produce a series of ‘’bite-size’’ briefings examining the critical components of the Bill and reflecting on those as they will impact the role of local government. This briefing is the first in this series.
Recent research shows Australia is likely experiencing a structural decline in access to home ownership. In this briefing, Marcus Spiller reflects on these findings and the shifts in access to home ownership, what it means for those entering or aspiring to enter into home ownership, and the potential policy responses thereto.
This briefing provides an overview of AI and its potential use within the local government sector. It unpacks current government regulations as well as the potential opportunities and risks that may need to be navigated.
The Educational Institute of Scotland, has warned Scottish Government that it needs to tackle violence in Scotland’s schools. This briefing looks at behaviours presenting in schools and underlying reasons for the apparent decline in standards of behaviour.
In this 10-minute video explainer, LGIU’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West and Dr Greg Stride from the Local Democracy Research Centre get together to discuss all things local government finance – including the big question around financial sustainability for the sector.
This briefing reviews different components, causes and consequences of the mental health crisis particularly for young people at a key transition stage (ages 17-19) and examines immediate and strategic questions for local government.
This explainer highlights the importance of UK public health services in tackling deep-seated health inequalities. In a Q&A style, it outlines the level of spending and pressures public health services have been under and how councils can manage and promote public health initiatives.
This backgrounder considers the barriers faced by the Travelling community and the role of local authorities in mitigating some of the worst disparities in the service provisions. Drawing upon a number of good practice case study examples while highlighting where changes can and should be made to ensure more equal treatment and improved outcomes.
This week, the central government issued a ‘Best Value Notice’ for South Cambridgeshire District Council over its four-day week trial. This blog unpacks what a Best Value Notice is and what it means for a local authority.
Thousands of children across the UK miss school each week, and not only because they are ill. What can be done to tackle the problem of post-Covid absenteeism more than two years after schools officially reopened?