The brief for the incoming DHLGH (formerly DEHLG) Minister provides ‘an outline of the main issues within the work programmes of the Department’ and unsurprisingly, housing predominates. This LGIU briefing focuses on material in this brief and in the Programme for Government (PFG) relating to housing supply and affordability.
This briefing looks at agricultural trends and implications for local government, unpacking the challenges and opportunities for local governments in supporting the sector and their communities going forward.
Improving the energy efficiency of housing is a vital part of tackling the climate crisis. This means upgrading council homes and other social housing to reduce carbon emissions. This briefing looks at the money available to councils and whether local authorities can take a lead in encouraging higher energy standards in other tenures of housing.
Social prescribing offers an opportunity to raise the profile of physical activity in the community and across service sectors, enable more people to access local activities, and for physical activity to be built into health planning. Covid-19 has underlined the importance of this for mental and physical health.
While waste management and recycling practices have largely been the domain of local government, they are increasingly of interest to state/territory, national and international bodies. This briefing provides a brief outline of initiatives in each State and Territory, along with specific issues and new directions of relevance to local governments.
The City of Sydney’s recently released City Recovery Plan sets out the next steps in Council’s response to COVID-19 and its impacts. This briefing will be of interest to Councillors, CEOs and CFOs, and those interested in COVID-19 recovery planning.
The development of new and smart technologies to improve urban living continues apace. This briefing is on the developments in the City of Helsingborg and in preparations for a City Expo in 2022 to showcase what has been achieved.
As the International Day Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination is coming up on 17th May, this briefing looks at how councils are working to acknowledge, support, and engage the diverse groups that make up their workforces and communities.
Building on a framework of dimensions of autonomy, Mark Sandford, Senior Researcher at the House of Commons Library, looks at the mechanisms and processes that need to be in place to devolve and decentralise power. The analysis focusses on English local government, but the framework has wider implications and will be of interest within other…
The Trussell Trust provides reliable long-term data on trends in food bank use and the reasons prompting people to turn to them. This end of year report considers the impact of Covid-19 and looks ahead at what could happen as the impact of Covid recedes.