How and when to reduce lockdown restrictions is a pressing issue: what should decide whether a country’s lockdown should be relaxed, and when and how, and who should be making the decisions. There is no blueprint – each country has different criteria and political and social context.
This paper will examine the increasing importance of borders on both sides of the Atlantic. In particular, the potential hardening of the previously tense border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland following the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.
This briefing will examine the increasing importance of borders on both sides of the Atlantic. In particular, the potential hardening of the previously tense border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland following the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.
This briefing looks at some of the positive ways the internet has influenced local government in the UK and some of the ways in which it has a negative impact. It includes an overview of undesirable and criminal online behaviour and introduces some of the ways that regulation of internet safety is currently being discussed.
Local authority planning responsibilities are not on hold, but Covid-19 continues to make their delivery substantially harder. Initial government guidance for planners was published on 23 March 2020, with an LGIU briefing issued shortly afterwards. This briefing draws together government announcements and updated guidance which have been issued subsequently.
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.
The full reopening of schools in England on 8 March 2021 has been accompanied by Government guidance, controversy over testing, protection of staff, arrangements for ‘catch-up’, and celebration by children, parents and school staff. This briefing provides an update on these developments and considers the implications for the education system going forward, as well as…
A range of action has been taken in recent years to boost housing supply in Ireland. Since 2014, housing output has increased steadily from its post housing crash slump, but at a less steep rate in percentage terms in the past two years. This briefing looks beneath the headline figures to assess the impact of…
This briefing provides a ‘snap shot’ of where the Conservative Party has got to in the development of their 2015 General Election Manifesto, focusing on policy related to local government. It is the third and final briefing in a series which also covered the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.
The Best Start for Life – Leadsom review of public services supporting the first 1,001 critical days
The Early Years Healthy Development Review led by Andrea Leadsom MP has published ‘The best start for life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days’. This briefing is on the report and looks at the public services supporting the first 1,001 critical days of life from conception to the age of two when the building…