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Whole Area and Neighbourhood Community Budgets – emerging issues and opportunities

This briefing on Whole Area and Community Budgets: - describes the genesis of the community budget pilots, - reviews the progress to date - considers a number of major themes that are emerging from this work that will have huge significance for the future of local government as we approach the next spending review (expected…

England & Wales
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Labour Party – Agenda 2015

'- This is the first in a series of briefings on the policy development being undertaken by the main political parties ahead of the 2015 General Election. - The Labour Party is conducting a wide ranging policy review under the banner of ‘Agenda 2015’ which will feed into the development of their Manifesto for the…

England & Wales
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Catching up – Improving council tax arrears collection

The CAB report ‘Catching up – improving council tax arrears' identifies why people accrue arrears, how councils deal with them and how individuals manage the circumstance of being in arrears. It suggests ways councils can improve council tax collection by making it more person-centred and more responsive to individual circumstances.

England & Wales
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Parking Enforcement: Transport Select Committee Report

'- The House of Commons’ Transport Select Committee has published a report on their inquiry into local parking enforcement (“Local authority parking enforcement”). - The Committee believe that every local authority should publish an annual parking report to show precisely where their parking revenues come from and how any income is being used. - While…

England & Wales
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Protecting Low-income Households from Reducing Carbon Emissions

This briefing deals with two reports published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the distributional effects of policies to reduce carbon emissions. The first assesses the impacts of different energy and climate change policies on households (including impacts on consumer energy bills), and their effectiveness in reducing carbon emissions. The second examines how compensations in…

England & Wales
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Re-igniting Growth: Investing for Prosperity

This briefing deals with two reports summarising recent academic research on the underpinnings of economic growth, one published by the ESRC and the other by the LSE. The main themes are skills, innovation, and investment, traditionally areas in which the UK has performed badly in relation to its main international competitors. Both reports contain a…

England & Wales
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Reforms to local strategic planning in NSW: A new role for councils?

This briefing discusses recent reforms to local strategic planning and the preparation of new Local Housing Strategies by local governments in New South Wales. These are part of efforts to introduce improved local strategic land use planning aligned with longer-term regional and district strategic plans.

Australia

Climate friendly Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Council’s proactive approach to climate-friendliness has resulted in a 27% carbon emission reduction over the past 5 years. In this blog, Councillor Robin Currie, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, tells us more about the measures taken to achieve their ambitious targets.

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The Towns Fund – what’s wrong with the government’s approach to levelling up?

Recent National Audit Office (NAO) and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reports criticised the processes the UK government used to select potential recipients of Town Deals. This briefing considers how places might, nevertheless, define and deliver wider programmes of town recovery and renewal.

England & Wales, Scotland
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The Mood of the Nation 2020: Britain Thinks survey

The mood of the UK is bleak and has deteriorated since last year, according to research company Britain Thinks. Their latest report sets out the results of research from 2020 on how pessimistic or optimistic people in the UK feel about the country, their local area and their personal lives.

England & Wales, Scotland