The Government is expected to publish this month a Green Paper setting out its conclusions from the long-awaited review of special educational needs in schools and colleges in England. LGIU Associate Mark Upton provides us with a preview.
The UK’s exit from the transition period will bring significant change, with or without a new deal. Local government will have to contend with managing the continuing and unpredictable Covid-19 situation, the recovery, and the Brexit changeover simultaneously. We summarise the state of negotiations and the potential impact on councils.
A year has passed since the start of lockdown restrictions in the UK. This briefing discusses the impact of Covid-19 according to official statistics and a study about how it felt to live through the last year and people’s expectations for the future. Some of the findings may be surprising.
In the run-up to #SuperThursday on 6 May, LGIU has partnered with Vuelio to provide you with weekly updates on the Scottish and Welsh national elections, as well as the English local elections.
Ireland’s National Planning Framework (NPF) sets out a vision and strategy to shape national, regional and local spatial development, with the first of ten National Strategic Outcomes identified in the vision being ‘Compact Growth’. This briefing examines the policy context which is influencing the debate and decisions regarding increased building heights in our cities.
More affordable housing, faster planning, and extra money for rough sleepers and building safety were all promised in the spring Budget. This month’s housing and planning roundup sets out the main points from the Budget, and includes news about social lettings, the housing delivery test, a proposed New Homes Ombudsman, and the backlog of home…
In our latest Think Tank Review for the UK, Australia and Republic of Ireland, we find a renewed focus on localism, economy and welfare.
Many leisure facilities find themselves in a challenging position financially, but both libraries and leisure services are well placed to support the recovery of local places. We examine the current landscape, how public library and leisure services have adapted to Covid-19, and the strategic issues and challenges ahead.
The latest Office of the Schools Adjudicator Annual Report gives an account of the casework activities of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) and analyses the statutory reports on local authorities’ work during the same period. This briefing examines the findings.