• The House of Commons Health Committee is satisfied that some Public Health England (PHE) functions are operating well, but has concerns regarding PHE’s policy work, the way in which policy priorities are identified and the nature of PHE’s relationship with Government. • Of particular concern to local authorities will be the misgivings expressed by…
Communications in the public sector are having to respond to changing customer expectations and media landscapes. What are the latest trends, how is good practice recognised and what are the key areas to be looking out for over the next period?
The report, entitled Risk and Reward, argues that there is a great need for innovation in local government service delivery. A tough spending settlement, a rapidly changing policy environment and increasing pressure on council services all call for greater collaboration between state and citizen. Issues such as population movement, climate change, an ageing population and global financial…
An LGiU report has found that councils are concerned about the future of risk management, after 50 per cent of councils described themselves as ‘risk averse’ in a national survey.
There are lots of innovative projects going on across Ireland, and many are recognised in the Chambers Excellence in Local Government Awards. Here we take five winners from the 2018 awards to showcase what we can learn here in Scotland.
This briefing summarises the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC)'s report on the environmental implications of expanding Heathrow, focusing on carbon emissions, air quality and noise. The EAC believe that the Government needs to do significantly more to mitigate the environmental impact, if it decides to proceed with Heathrow expansion.
After a decade of support for community renewables by Scottish Government, there remain significant challenges to overcome in realising the potential of alternative power generation. This briefing will look at ways local authorities can meet the difficulties faced in community renewable energy schemes in the face of shrinking funds.
This briefing alerts local authorities to a Select Committee Inquiry into the Government’s new rural policy arrangements. *The Commission for Rural Communities and the Rural Advocate have been replaced by a new in-house Rural Communities Policy Unit. It is currently preparing a Government-wide Rural Statement. *The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has launched…
What are the main issues in the mayoral election for Greater Manchester and what does the campaign tell us about the future of devolution and the role of the new mayors?
This briefing looks at the current shift in public policy in New Zealand towards a much greater emphasis on well-being as the purpose of government at all levels.