In this briefing Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, goes into more detail on how councils in the UK might alter their electoral systems for a post-Covid world, in order for local elections to be safe and accessible to all.
This briefing summarises a recent report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee: Local authority financial sustainability and the section 114 regime. The report follows on from recent reports by the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee, both covered by previous LGIU briefings.
As we pass the one year anniversary of the first reported Irish Covid-19 cases it is perhaps an appropriate time to reflect on the changes the pandemic has wrought on government systems in the last 12 months. In this first briefing, we will examine the Republic and in an upcoming briefing we will examine Northern…
We have teamed up with Vuelio to provide a weekly elections bulletin with the latest news and updates, ones to watch and campaign information from the elections taking place across the country.
This briefing reviews the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs which seeks to keep furloughed workers in work, support those who have already lost their job, and targets help for young people leaving education, alongside measures to stimulate demand and create new jobs. The briefing looks at the local implications of the Plan.
This swift read outlines the findings of a recently published Accounts Commission Overview report on the impact of Covid-19 on Scottish councils and their communities. The report uses case studies to highlight the challenges and threats to the financial sustainability of Scottish councils at a time when future funding levels remain uncertain. It is planned…
The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 was published on 23 March 2021 and introduced into the Dáil on the 21st April 2021, to coincide with International Earth Day. The Bill amends the previous 2020 Climate Action Bill.
Every year, at about this time, various media outlets make a stab at predicting how next year will develop. One of the first out and most widely read is The Economist’s ‘World in 2021’, where the editor has identified 10 key themes for the year. How are these predictions relevant to local government?
Today, in the first major event since the death of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty the Queen opened a new Parliamentary session with her speech outlining the Government’s legislative agenda. Key focuses for local government were on voter ID, Covid-19 recovery and delivering a programme for levelling-up.