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Elections issues for English local authorities 2021

This election briefing covers some essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period. It explains and highlights the implications of the publicity code and illustrates how councils are able to use it to tackle discriminatory election campaigns provided they act objectively a range of guidance on Covid-safe campaigning and election organisation the position of…

England & Wales
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Energy Policy Update: What’s Happening to Fuel Prices?

This briefing deals with the trends and divers of energy costs, recent developments in energy policy. It draws in on reports produced by the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC), DECC, Ofgem, and others. The main focus is on household fuel bills and fuel poverty. There is also a brief review of recent developments in…

England & Wales
Members

Levelling up, devolution and local economic agendas for 2021-25

In the light of Boris Johnson’s 15 July speech where he announced they will soon be setting out how the government would deliver the central purpose of his premiership – ‘to level up and unite the whole United Kingdom’, local authorities looking on should now use the summer recess to review and refresh their approaches…

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Parliamentary update August and September 2021

The purpose of this briefing is to provide an update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales.

England & Wales
Members

Scottish Parliament Election 2021: Manifestos and Local Government

With elections for the Scottish Parliament near, the main parties have all produced their manifestos. In this briefing we explore policies of the five major parties contesting the elections, and highlight some issues that local government can anticipate

Scotland
Members & Followers

City of Adelaide’s parking experience transformation

This briefing looks at the introduction of Smart Parking initiatives across Australia as part of Smart Cities strategies, and discusses the approach adopted by the City of Adelaide, the potential benefits that were sought, the business case and the experiences and learnings to date arising from implementation of this project.

Australia
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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.

Scotland
Members & Followers

All in this together? The impact of Covid-19 on different places

The Covid-19 lockdown has caused an unprecedented rupture in everyday economic activity. Since local economies differ, their experiences of Covid-19 and long term resilience also varies between different towns and cities. How are cities and towns affected and what are their recovery prospects?

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Freeports consultation – levelling up or levelling down?

The UK government launched its Freeports consultation in February. The consultation has been extended to July 2020. This briefing outlines the content of the consultation, considers wider evidence on the benefits and challenges of freeports, and suggests considerations for local authorities and other place-based partners inclined to make a response.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members & Followers

Drug and alcohol related deaths in Scotland and the UK: a national shame

2020 saw the largest number of drug-related deaths in the UK since records began in the 1990s. Perhaps it is time that drug reform policy follows the examples from abroad by moving away from the criminal justice lens and instead addressing the topic as a public health issue.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland