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The mortgage rules debate – divergent interests and collective good

This briefing considers issues relating to housing affordability and credit in the context of the debate regarding the Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules. Relaxation of the rules could be rationalised from particular perspectives. In the short term, it would help some to purchase and would boost activity in various “property”-related services. However, given housing supply…


Is the Iceland model for reducing teenage smoking, drinking and drug use the reason why Iceland beat England in Euro 2016?

Iceland has radically reduced rates of teenage smoking, drinking and drug use in the past 20 years through its “Youth in Iceland” programme to tackle behavioural addiction. This briefing examines why other countries, including the UK, aren’t following suit, and will be interesting to local authority members and officers, in OECD countries, with responsibility for…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

International Comparisons: PISA Education report 2018

The OECD publishes its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) information every three years, and the introduction to this year’s report claims that “PISA is not only the world’s most comprehensive and reliable indicator of students’ capabilities, it is also a powerful tool that countries and economies can use to fine-tune their education policies.”.

Australia, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Ready for action: Irish local authorities’ climate strategies

Ireland now has a comprehensive and locally-led climate adaptation framework, put in place by local authorities. In this briefing, we discuss the approach to a unified delivery of adaptation across the full extent of Ireland, as well as the background policy environment.