NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held across the country to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This briefing is an update on an earlier briefing on Treaty developments with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia.
According to the Commons public accounts committee the government wasted five years and nearly £200 million on the Starter Homes scheme, only to quietly drop it in favour of another programme for first-time buyers.
Two years’ worth of elections. 143 councils. 13 mayors. What’s at stake and what’s up for grabs in May 2021? This long read looks at the hot elections across England.
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.
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 are turning to new methods to meet the need for social housing. Social housing is also increasingly being viewed through a new lens, centred around design and improving the quality of life for the families living in them.
Local government is under pressure from their communities to minimise rate increases during the COVID-19 pandemic, and governments are under pressure to remove financial impediments (via mechanisms such as rate and capping or pegging) to assist local governments stimulate their local economies. Rate pegging was introduced in New South Wales in 1976. In Victoria, rate…
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.
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.
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…