There has been concern about the decline in the number of local print newspapers in the UK for seven decades. We examine here the current state of local newspapers and its possible impact on local democracy.
The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards showcase successful, innovative local authority projects from councils around Ireland. Here, we summarise some of the winning programmes, which make useful reading for those in Scottish local government.
Trends in retail, such as the shift to online and the rise in ‘experience retail’, have had major implications for the role and overall economic health of traditional retail centres and high streets across Australia. While the impacts of the Covid-19 shutdown are yet to be fully understood, social distancing and lockdowns have had a…
In September the UK Government launched the new UK National Data Strategy to build a ‘world-leading’ data economy and support the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The closing date for responses to its consultation to shape the principles of the strategy is 2 December 2020.
How can councils retain lessons learned from the lockdown in maintaining and developing a positive organisational culture in a changed world?
...Magazine, Councillor Barber explained how he created an “online surgery” thread on a citizen-run neighbourhood website, which allowed him to interact with local people on the issues that mattered to...
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.
The Department of Health has launched an online consultation on the future of social care and its funding. This briefing gives details and comments briefly on it.
The Riot Report was published by Inside Housing with support from the National Housing Federation. The report used a panel of experts in a “Sounding Board” and carried out a literature review of existing studies. It also assembled case studies of best practice where housing providers had significant impact through projects they led or worked…
The Government is introducing new services to support the mental health of children and young people including school and college-based support and additional NHS capacity. This briefing on the examination of these proposals by the Commons Education and Health and Social Care committee and the Government’s response.