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…
The 2020 Programme for Government – Our Shared Future consists of 12 sections, termed ‘Missions’, the last of which, titled ‘Reforming and Reimagining our Public Life’, includes the sub-theme of local government. This sub-theme contains a substantial list of specific proposals, which are summarised in this briefing under five broad thematic headings.
While cultural organisations continue to face significant challenges, the sector is resetting and looking ahead to ways they can support the post-pandemic recovery: this swift read spotlights a variety of relevant examples.
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.
Help to buy was launched by the government in 2013 to help more first-time buyers afford a home. By June this year, more than 134,000 purchases had been completed using £6.7 billion worth of equity loans.
As the news of the cabinet changes proposed by the First Minister began to emerge, a tweet from a leading figure in the Third Sector wondered who their relevant cabinet secretary might be. I later asked if there were any updates on this, and the response was: ‘All of them’. If Scottish local government were…
As many of us pivot towards moving out of lockdown and the end of the pandemic, there is a lot of recovery-themed output from think tanks this month. However, there’s also a fair number of other topics covered, from housing and employment to education and health. The LGIU think tank review covers outputs from think…
Catch up in what has been an extremely busy month with the latest policy announcements, responses from the sector and research and publications in our latest health, public health and social care round-up.
The new term has begun, with newly elected and returning MSPs inducted into Holyrood this week to be formally approved. But what is happening behind the scenes? Kim Fellows fills us in, reflecting on the priorities and challenges for this term.
This briefing examines the background and context of the framework and the future role of certain local authorities in the marine development consent process when the Marine Area Planning Bill becomes law.