This briefing is the first in a two-part series examining the impact of the current economic shutdown on vulnerable workers, drawing on analysis of labour market characteristics to identify the types of communities and sectors that are uniquely vulnerable.
...hindsight, it’s easy to empathise with a time when the convenience of disposable single-use items would have been the height of progress. They seemingly freed us from the laborious frugalities...
As austerity continues, councils are caught between having to re-examine ways to save money, generate income and drive public sector reform whilst also attempting to stimulate local investment, economic growth and improve general wellbeing.
This briefing outlines the key issues identified in the Issue Paper, relating to the principles underpinning infrastructure contributions, the infrastructure funding landscape in NSW, and specific infrastructure contributions mechanisms enabled under the Act.
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.
While the pandemic currently obscures all other issues, Ireland will emerge from the lockdown still with long-term housing market problems around supply, affordability, and homelessness. This briefing covers four key models that represent potential directions for housing.
The Scottish Government published a new National Strategy for Community Justice emphasising local planning and service delivery and establishing ‘Community Justice Scotland’ - a new body to oversee community justice strategy and drive innovation in the sector.
A recent study by the Institute of Government concludes that outsourcing of public services by local and central government has delivered mixed results, with the public sector no longer likely to save as much money from using private contractors as in previous decades.
The Town and Country Planning Association has published Planning for Affordable Housing. The TCPA’s Planning for Affordable Housing project examines how the planning system is delivering affordable housing and how it can be supported to do so in a manner which greater reflects local needs.