How can community councils improve local accountability and deliver effective devolved services? Can lessons be learned from the Scottish and English models? We look here at the legislation affecting them and how there are many examples of innovative practice around service devolution and development.
The Commons Education Committee has published a report that reveals a number of key facts on the extent of academies and free schools, including evidence of the effect of academy status on standards and closing the gap.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.
This is a LGiU Ireland briefing that we think will be of interest to English readers as it presents brexit from an Irish perspective. Speaking at a meeting of the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, Dr Peter Brennan of the Public Policy Advisors Network explains his current thinking on Brexit.
This briefing is one of our series of briefings on a sense of place. It considers what sense of place and identity mean in relation to regeneration and how retaining and building on sense of place can ensure the sustainability of projects.
In September 2018, the Social Metrics Commission produced a report which outlined a new approach to poverty measurement for the UK. The new metric reflects more accurately the realities and experiences of living in poverty than previous measures.
This briefing provides for an overview and selective report of the Infrastructure Act 2015 which received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015. The changes introduced by this Act, most of which will come into force at a later date, are intended to make the delivery of a range of infrastructure faster and more efficient through…
There has been less focus on towns as ‘engines of growth’ for the national economy, yet millions of people live, work, shop and socialise in towns. This briefing provides an overview of research and approaches used by governments to support towns in the UK and Ireland.
On Tuesday 25th June, Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, provided an update to the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group on the implementation of Universal Credit.
The accuracy of the official figures on housing output has been called into question and received prominent coverage in the national press. This briefing looks at the main sources of information and provides some cautionary words.