The Future of Public Service Broadcasting, a report from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, examines funding, the public service remit, and technology platforms in a context of rapidly changing, and growing, broadcasting models. Its findings and implications for democratic engagement are discussed in this briefing.
The EU is at the heart of international efforts to address climate change. A new Commission alongside a new Parliament has recently proposed a radical re-configuration of the overall policy framework. We look at these recent moves and explore the potential opportunities for Ireland in becoming carbon neutral within the next 3 decades.
Scottish Government and COSLA published an updated action plan in October titled ‘Ending Homelessness Together’, while a guide from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group created for Scottish local authorities has also been developed, with support from the Scottish Government. This briefing looks at the plans and recommendations from both.
Fire safety is the big issue in this month’s roundup, with the government facing pressure to stop leaseholders in England being landed with hefty bills for removing cladding and other safety measures. The roundup also includes shared ownership, starter homes, housebuilding figures and the recent social housing white paper.
This briefing uses two recent reports to examine the place of the Barnett formula and council tax within Scottish devolution. The main focus is on how the Barnett formula operates, the parallels between the two systems are explored and the weaknesses of both are highlighted. It is clear that both systems are in urgent need…
After four months of political gridlock, the month of July saw the new government endure a series of political crises and gaffes that no doubt left it relieved to have a degree of respite during the Dáil recess in August. This briefing provides an overview of Oireachtas activity in July, including the recovery stimulus package…
Swift Read: Something we can all agree on? Public opinion on the environment in towns and cities in the UK
Residents of villages, towns and cities in the UK are more united in their concern for the environment than one might assume given their often different political identities, according to research from the Centre for Towns. This could herald bolder national and local action to deliver the UK’s net-zero target.
Scottish Government recently released its latest ‘Inward Investment Plan’. In this briefing, we discuss the contents of the plan as well as the extent to which inward investment aligns with Scotland’s aspirational values as a future net-zero economy with the principles of fair work and sustainable, inclusive growth at its heart.
The focus of this briefing is the impact that COVID-19 restrictions introduced by the federal and state governments have had on local government service provision, how local government is supporting their local economies, and how they are dealing with the financial challenges in the short- and long-term.
Local authorities must take seriously the pending crisis facing early childhood education and care (ECEC). There may soon be insufficient early childhood education and care places available to meet parental demand. Across publicly funded maintained settings and the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) settings, we are fast reaching a tipping point.