When the UK went into lockdown, successful and swift action was taken to get rough sleepers across Scotland off the streets thanks to effective wrap-around support from local government, Scottish Government, and third sector organisations. But as funding dries out, lockdown eases, and the country faces an economic downturn, how can we reduce homelessness?
How was money awarded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to charities distributed and who decided which charities missed out? A report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee raises further questions about the use of government money, transparency and data.
The scale of the investment in the statement is unprecedented – for unprecedented times. Does it go far enough, are the priorities right and what role does it imply for local government in the recovery?
How are town centres being reinvented as key changes prompted or accelerated by the pandemic become more evident? We focus on physical changes here in the second of our series on towns post-Covid.
What are the current and future implications for local government finance arising from the current Covid-19 pandemic? We summarise government financial support for local communities, consider the ongoing impact of the crisis on the immediate financial position of local councils, and look forward to the likely medium-term financial implications.
Back to normal? The full reopening of schools post Covid-19 and mitigating the impacts on pupil learning
This briefing provides a further update on school closure issues and examines the continued policy and research output around the impact of closure on particular pupil groups, the mitigations being proposed and put forward by the education community and the Government itself.
This briefing is on the advice and guidance offered to the children’s social care community by the UK government during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the issues emerging from the pressure on local authorities and providers to accept temporary flexibilities to support them. The briefing also summarises a study on the experiences of local authority children’s…
This briefing surveys the immediate impact of the Covid-19 crisis on employment and looks ahead at the different scenarios facing the UK labour market.
2020 saw the largest number of drug-related deaths in the UK since records began in the 1990s. Perhaps it is time that drug reform policy follows the examples from abroad by moving away from the criminal justice lens and instead addressing the topic as a public health issue.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael launched their election manifestos on Friday 24th January. In this briefing, we drill down into the commitments made by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on issues relevant to local government including housing, transport, local economic development, local government reform and climate change/environment.