Alice Buszard reflects on the ideas raised at LGIU’s first-ever local government book club meeting, where participants discussed “Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez and considered how the information set out in the book could shape local government policymaking.
The government’s consultation on Closing the Public Sector Pay Gap, run by the Government Equalities Office, is seeking views on the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting for large public sector bodies in England.
This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world. It outlines the development of Spain’s administrative and democratic structures (including changes to the constitution) and the influence they have had on local government, and institutions at a local level.
This briefing looks at the experience of four councils that have changed to a committee system under the new provisions in the Localism Act 2011. The paper provides a background to the relevant legislation and a commentary on some of the key issues. It briefly considers perceived strengths and weaknesses of the new alternative system…
Now that the Office of the Planning Regulator is up and running, this briefing provides an overview of some of the other important reforms that have been implemented over the past two decades in order to make the planning system fit for purpose now and in the future.
In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality. This briefing covers the materials that have been published so far, with a particular focus on geographical inequalities and the uneven impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
The Think Tank Review focuses on outputs from the UK, Ireland and Australia. Many focused on Covid-19 and recovery from the crisis, but there has been a wide range of other reports on topics such as devolution, Brexit, the economy and planning.
Covid-19 has exposed weaknesses in how we care for older people and raised uncomfortable questions about the value placed on senior lives. The health, economic and social impacts on older people need to be better understood and addressed by policy makers and service providers, including local councils.
Following Grenfell, new measures are promised to involve residents in building safety decisions. But is that enough to make them feel empowered in their homes and neighbourhoods? How can resident involvement be strengthened as we enter recovery from the pandemic?
While bullying in school has probably reduced recently, it remains a problem for some pupils. DfE commissioned research looks at what schools are doing to prevent and tackle bullying. This briefing looks at the research.