Public service reform has been at the heart of meeting the challenges of austerity in Scotland over the past decade, and the same can be said of Ireland. This Briefing examines the new public service reform plan in Ireland, and addresses its potential impact including that upon the local government system.
As both the UK and Ireland approach the real prospect of self-sustaining local government there is general agreement to the notion that there is a real opportunity and need to focus on optimising, securing value for money and maximising the return from all forms of the public estate.
Next to the cost of staff, property and land assets are often the biggest costs borne by councils. Recognising that assets can actively contribute to addressing the challenges faced by councils, such as continued austerity, is the fundamental first step in harnessing their power as catalysts for transformation.
The counts for the elections to the 26th Seanad across the various vocational and university panels took place throughout the week from Monday 30th March to Friday April 3rd. This briefing covers the results in depth.
Food has become a high profile issue recently in England with the debates over food for children in the lockdown. This briefing is part of series on food insecurity and the links between food and sustainability, health and wellbeing in an international context.
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The DfE has issued updated advice on the Free School Presumption, the procedure which local authorities use to fulfil their duty to secure sufficient schools for their areas. The new advice strengthens the local authority role in project managing new school buildings and choosing an Academy Trust to manage the school.
Public participation globally has been made more difficult by Covid-19 measures. How have local authorities globally adapted to sustain participation? We consider here the challenges and strengths of using technology, including an account of what has been happening in South Africa.
We look here at the sector reports released by the government in December and also at reports taken from the EU Parliament’s website under the heading Brexit Impact. The EU reports give an insight into European perceptions and hence how these might shape negotiation objectives.
The disruption of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the urgent need to redirect attention and resources elsewhere, does not mean that planning responsibilities are on hold – but it does make their delivery substantially harder. This article draws together recent government announcements relating to planning during the outbreak.