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.
A Commission chaired by Lord (Bob) Kerslake has made wide-ranging recommendations on how to reduce homelessness in England and end rough sleeping. But how much notice is the Government likely to take and will it produce the desired results? This briefing looks at the commission’s report in detail and flags up its main proposals.
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?
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?
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.
This briefing sheds some light on the spatial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response on disadvantaged communities; in this case, Greater Sydney, using Small Area Labour Market (SALM) data and will be of interest specifically to councillors and local government officers across the Greater Sydney region and wider NSW.
The creative re-use of data represents enormous potential for government. This briefing discusses what local governments should consider prior to initiating open data investment. It also argues that a growing emphasis on the benefits of open government data masks some important nuances in the barriers and opportunities for local entities.
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?
This briefing is focussed on guidelines fromthe new Local Council Lending Framework, which provide an outline of the key steps, milestones, and criteria for Victorian local governments to successfully access loans from TCV, and how councils can make best use of this new low-cost funding source.