Local industrial strategies aim to raise productivity and earning power. Productivity needs to be boosted in ways that improve working people's lives. Which policy solutions could be adopted by local places to improve living standards and ensure that everyone can benefit from and contribute to economic growth?
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.
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.
The Development and Delivery of European Structural and Investment Funds Strategies: Update and next steps
'- Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) submitted the first drafts of their European structural and investment fund strategies 2014-20 (EUSIF2014-20) to government by 7 October 2013. - This briefing provides an overview of LEP initial submissions. It also outlines the very considerable remaining tasks that will need to be undertaken before EUSIF programmes can actually be…
By 2046 there will be seven million more people aged over 65 in the United Kingdom, but the changing demographics will impact differently in villages, towns and cities of Britain in ageing. Services will need to plan for the differential pattern of ageing if a crisis is to be averted.
Using public library closures in regions across Ireland and the UK as a backdrop, this Briefing will be primarily focused on assessing the current state of the public library system.
The agendas for local authority leadership and management of local growth are extensive and increasingly important. This briefing explores the depth and breadth of work needed in the light of Spending Review 2015 and accompanying policies.
This briefing considers the the use of underground waste management systems in Europe and their benefits and disadvantages.
The UK government’s Clean Growth Strategy will form part of the forthcoming industrial strategy, and shows how the government will work towards meeting the fifth carbon budget. This briefing summarises and comments on the strategy and sets out some of the key proposals by sector, including local government.
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.