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Members & Global Local

Educational attainment – who’s getting it right?

This briefing outlines the educational attainment gap, its contributing factors, and the methods for measurement across different countries. It highlights effective approaches in Finland and Singapore, emphasising early education, teacher autonomy, and supportive environments as key strategies for achieving high levels of educational success and narrowing the gap.

Global With case study
Members

The future of a wellbeing economy is just an economy

Australia’s shift towards a wellbeing economy, prioritising holistic wellbeing over GDP, is gaining momentum. This briefing examines recent trends in wellbeing, and explores questions of how else government can effect sustainable policy shifts and whether the current scrutiny on wellbeing measurement detracts from implementation?

Australia
Members

The Rates System in Northern Ireland Part 1

This briefing considers the rating system in Northern Ireland. It explores how the rating system has evolved, the current nature of the rating system in comparative perspective to the arrangements for property taxation and financing of local government elsewhere in the UK, and alternatives to rating.

Global, Northern Ireland
Members

Parliamentary update: April-May 2024

This briefing provides updates on legislative progress relevant to local authorities in England and Wales, covering advancements and the status of pertinent bills during the parliamentary session’s last half-term before prorogation. It addresses both new and carried-over legislation, detailing their implications and developments.

England & Wales
Members

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.

England & Wales
Members

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
Members

The great housing hijack and the muddled housing supply debate

This think piece from Dr Cameron K. Murray argues against the common view that a lack of homes drives up rents and prices, attributing the housing debate’s persistence to interest groups. It highlights the role of economic equilibrium in understanding housing markets and discusses the historical context of housing issues, emphasising that rising rents and…

Australia
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LGIU special report: Ireland Local Elections 2024 part 2

This briefing, as part of our LGIU special report series on Ireland’s local elections, delves into the key issues and pledges made under the currently available party manifestos, and summarises developments in the Limerick mayoral election.

Ireland
Members & Global Local

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.

England & Wales, Global With case study