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Energy efficient housing: social landlords cutting carbon on the road to net zero

Making new and existing housing energy efficient is a massive task that requires innovative solutions. But what is the best way? Can homes be made plastic-free, and can solar power be managed better so that it costs less? Our new briefing reveals how some social landlords are facing up to the challenge.

England & Wales, Scotland
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The social housing white paper: summary and comment

Three years after Grenfell, the government has at last published wide-ranging proposals to empower tenants in social housing and to strengthen regulation. Will the Charter for Social Housing Residents lead to landlords being scrutinised more effectively?

England & Wales
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Sexual harassment in the workplace: new responsibilities  

In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.

England & Wales

Municipal responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in Canada

Dr Aaron Moore, associate professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg, gives us an account of Canada’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Local and regional governments played a decisive role in many areas, with innovation and community initiatives spearheaded by municipal authorities. The course of the crisis has also highlighted some serious…

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The Future of Public Service Broadcasting

The Future of Public Service Broadcasting, a report from the  Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, examines funding, the public service remit, and technology platforms in a context of rapidly changing, and growing, broadcasting models. Its findings and implications for democratic engagement are discussed in this briefing.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Programme for Government Special

On Sunday 14 June 2020 negotiating teams from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens reached agreement on a Programme for Government. Ciarán Doherty, LGIU Associate, outlines the agreement reached on the Programme for Government.

Ireland
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School Admissions in England – 2021 update

Managing the process of admission of children to schools remains one of the key local government education tasks in England. To support this, there is a School Admissions Code. The Department for Education (DfE) in England has published a revised version (May 2021) of the Code. This briefing looks at the revised Code and also…

England & Wales
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Report of the Implementation Group to consider a directly elected mayor for Limerick

On 26th January 2021 the report of the Implementation Advisory Group established to consider a Directly Elected Mayor with executive functions for Limerick city and county was published. The legislation required to enable the first election for a directly elected mayor is being advanced quickly, with aims of an election before the end of 2021.

Ireland
Members & Followers

Covid-19 local communications: principles and effectiveness

Getting communications right during the pandemic has been sometimes difficult for central government. Local government has had a better record. What has been working well and what principles can underpin effectiveness?

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

How can nature-based infrastructure provide solutions to flooding? A global look at adoption

In the coming decades, the impact of coastal, fluvial and pluvial flooding will significantly increase across many parts of the world, making effective flood risk management crucial. Nature-based flood measures are receiving increasing attention for their ability to not only provide the same protection as grey infrastructure but co-benefits including ecosystem conservation.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland