The December 2020 roundup of recent local government relevant reports and publications from leading think tanks in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
The Victorian Auditor-General recently presented his 2019-20 audit report to Parliament. This briefing focusses on the results, with a particular focus on the sector’s financial performance, position, and financial sustainability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This briefing deals with the IFS 2019 Green Budget which the IFS normally publishes about a month before the Government’s annual Budget; the 2019 Green Budget was published on 8 October 2019, six days before the announcement on 14 October of a 2019 Budget for 6 November, which has since been postponed. This briefing will…
A current ban on evictions cannot go on indefinitely: what are the prospects for tenants who have built up substantial rent arrears during the pandemic? Unless loans and other financial support are offered, widespread homelessness may be inevitable. We looks at the options being proposed from different organisations.
Uniting the Movement is Sport England’s new ten-year strategy to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity. The key priorities are: recovery and reinvention; connecting communities; positive experiences for children and young people; connecting with health and wellbeing; and active environments.
Special Report on Covid-19 in Northern Ireland and its impact on structures of Government one year on
As Ireland passes the one year anniversary of the first reported Covid-19 cases, it is perhaps an appropriate time to reflect on the changes the pandemic has wrought on government systems in the last 12 months – this time looking at Northern Ireland.
The UK spends £290 billion on public procurement every year, making it an important tool in achieving national and local policy priorities such as promoting economic development. The UK government has published a green paper on reforming procurement rules, with the aim of improving quality, transparency and value for money.
It is well known that Covid-19 has affected individuals and groups very differently. Two reports published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examine what has happened to low income families and insecure workers.
This briefing covers the ‘Partnerships for People and Place’ programme, announced in July 2021, and the guidance provided for local authorities, in the light of recent interest in place-based policymaking and the levelling up agenda in England.
Summary • In July 2013, the Government published the Action for Roads Command Paper, setting out a series of proposals for roads policy to 2021, including the development of a Roads Investment Strategy (RIS) and a proposal to turn the Highways Agency into a government-owned company. • The Department for Transport (DfT) consulted on its…