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.
This briefing reflects on assessments of the housing sector in 2020 with regard to recent data and reports, with particular attention paid to house price trends and affordability, implications for first-time buyers, and the extent to which the current state of the market might be deemed stable.
Covid-19 has increased the pace at which Scotland’s councils are delivering services through digital technology. A new report from Accounts Commission finds that councils are at different stages of digital transformation and that greater collaboration, use of shared expertise, citizen engagement and strategic planning are needed to fully realise the potential.
Councils have been given more flexibility over spending RTB receipts, but is it enough? We look at the future of right to buy in England following this month’s changes and ask whether there is any prospect of homes sold being replaced on a one-for-one basis as the government originally promised.
In the latest in our ‘A Month in the Life series’, Clare County Council fills us in on their October, a busy month. The Council continued to offer Covid-19 support to the community, while the Clare County Development Plan 2022-2028 was also a key focus, involving a public consultation event.
The final briefing in our series on the recent Spending Round looks at local government announcements, comparing the SR with the recommendations from the MHCLG Select Committee’s report on local government funding. The additional funding is welcome but does the SR mean an end to austerity or just a pause?
Procurement during Covid-19 has been a high profile, and often contentious, issue. The NAO has investigated procurement generally, and PPE supplies and the Test and Trace programme in separate investigations. What can the NHS, central government and local health teams learn from these inquiries?
We will be publishing regular finance round-ups over this period – covering developments relating to Covid-19 but also other finance announcements. This is the first round-up.
International studies show a global decline in democracy since 2006. The current spread of ‘states of emergency’ in democratic and non-democratic countries runs a risk of eroding civil liberties even far beyond the end of the crisis. The pandemic is triggering discussions about permanent surveillance measures, the recentralisation of policies, and exceptional rules – even…
Local government is under pressure to minimise rate increases during this pandemic. This briefing explores rate capping/pegging on Victorian and NSW local governments, and how Covid-19 may result in government policy changes.