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Reflections on housing policy challenges

Ensuring availability and affordability of housing, to rent or buy, and market stability, poses major policy challenges for 2019 and beyond, with no easy answers and few risk-free options. This briefing covers the past, present and future of the current housing crisis and what we can do.

Ireland
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Emerging models for leadership and governance of local economic development

This briefing reviews emerging models for leadership and governance of local economic growth and development (LED). * A number of issues for Local Authorities' (LA) economic leadership are raised by recent LED developments. Notable among these are Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) formulation of strategic economic plans (SEPs) and EU structural and investment fund strategies (SIFs);…

England & Wales

Meeting Housing Needs in Oxford

When most people think of Oxford, it tends to be the dreaming spires images that dominate. This is certainly how I imagined it before I lived here. This image is only a small part of Oxford. In reality, it is a thriving diverse city that owes a lot to the car industry and workers who’ve…

England & Wales Blog Post
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Risk: Corruption in UK Local Government

This new report by Transparency International UK analyses the institutional robustness and integrity of English local government and its resistance to corrupt practice. It will be of interest to elected members and officers with responsibility for standards, audit, procurement, planning, and corporate policy.

England & Wales

Housing benefit: tough choices need real debate

Journalists who bother to write about local councils are a dedicated, hard-working bunch. They deserve a medal. It must be said, however, that the media debate about local council cuts has been poor. I’m sure, in part, this is down to the need to make local government stories shout loudly enough to make the front…

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Making the most of your universities

The briefing provides an overview of potential developments in university-local government relations in the light of major recent changes in both devolution and higher education policy landscapes

England & Wales
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Standards: recommendations for rigorous change

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has looked closely at the standards regime, and considers the significance of maintaining standards for the better governance of the council as a whole. It presents a stark warning that change is needed if councils are to retain a reputation for good governance.

England & Wales
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Benefits Stigma in Britain

The report, Benefits Stigma in Britain, from Elizabeth Finn Care and the University of Kent, published in November 2012, attempts to define and measure the nature of and extent to which benefits claimants are stigmatised. The research on which it is based was commissioned amidst mounting concern that benefits claimants are becoming increasingly stigmatised, or…

England & Wales
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Census – key statistics published December 2012

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published significant further details of the 2011 census on 11th December 2012. This included Key statistics for England and Wales covering age, health, ethnicity, religion, marital status, accommodation, skills etc., supported by 44 data tables; three reports on international migration, religion, and ethnicity and national identity; and a comparison…

England & Wales