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Ones to Watch 2024

This is our guide to where the action will be in the May elections, covering council, combined authority, London assembly and PCC elections. We pick out the key contests where control might be won or lost and the stakes are high.

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Members & Global Local

Is it too difficult to reform social care?

This briefing from University of Birmingham researchers explores the difficulties of social care reform which evoke key issues such as the rebalancing of central and local government relations and new fiscal challenges. Using the metaphor of a social care ecosystem, it outlines how this can help us think about reform.

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Members

Elections issues for English local authorities 2024

This election briefing covers some essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period. This includes the publicity code, tackling discriminatory election campaigns, using data during campaigning and the position of elected members who are also campaigning for re-election.

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Members

Economic wellbeing in the UK in 2024

This briefing draws on three recent reports on the economy and poverty in the UK. Focusing on economic wellbeing, it explores proposals for a new social contract under which the state, business, citizens and civil society all play a part in an economy and society that works for everyone.

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Members

Budget 2024 – local growth and devolution

This briefing seeks to identify the big ticket announcements in the 2024 Spring Budget – what was omitted and what can form the basis for discussions on national-local economic reforms with the next government.

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Members & Global Local

Closing the global skills gap: Is there a leadership role for local government?

The global skills gap refers to a mismatch between the skills possessed by the current workforce and the skills required for the future. Efforts are being made across sectors to bridge the gap, such as upskilling and reskilling initiatives. This briefing explores the vital role of local government in addressing this issue.

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