Adverse childhood experiences have been described as “the biggest public health threat” we’ve faced in Scotland in decades. This briefing outlines what childhood adversity is, what can be done to improve outcomes, and what local authorities in Scotland are doing.
The number of councils with arm’s length management organisations (ALMOs) is getting smaller each year. Just under 30 ALMOs remain, many helping to build homes and deliver services such as homelessness. Why do some councils in England retain ALMOs whilst others are reverting to direct management or other models?
In this briefing, Bethanie Finney – economist with SGS Economics and Planning – looks at what the latest data tells us about the potential short- and medium-term impacts of COVID-19 on local economies, amid global uncertainty
Understanding and shaping the Covid decade – the British Academy review of societal impacts of Covid-19
Leaders and policymakers need to be prepared for a Covid decade. That is the sobering message of a British Academy review of the long-term societal impacts of the pandemic. Bold and innovative policymaking is required to address long-standing social problems and realise opportunities for a better society.
In this briefing Mayo County Council highlights a year of progress, demonstrating the importance of the Council to the people, visitors and investors of County Mayo, in Ireland and across its widespread diaspora. As councils globally struggle with both common and individual challenges to improving their local areas, the work of one of Ireland’s most successful…
In this briefing, we speculate on what we might expect from the forthcoming programme, Housing for All, regarding the social housing investment programme. With pressure building to increase the supply of social housing in Ireland, we look at the recent Summary of Social Housing Assessment 2020 to review the information it provides.
When reflecting on how the world has grappled with Covid-19, Sweden stands out as taking a different approach from the start, keeping its society and borders open. What exactly is the ‘Swedish Model’, how has it evolved over time and what role has local government played?
More than 33,000 rough sleepers were offered places in hotel and other emergency accommodation between March and November last year. What does the successful ‘Everyone In’ scheme demonstrate about the scale of the homelessness problem in England and whether the government is any closer to a long-term solution?
At the end of June 2020, over 900,000 businesses across Australia were receiving income support from JobKeeper. This briefing explores what might happen to small businesses when JobKeeper ends, and what local governments could do to stimulate their local economies.