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Infrastructure Act 2015

This briefing provides for an overview and selective report of the Infrastructure Act 2015 which received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015. The changes introduced by this Act, most of which will come into force at a later date, are intended to make the delivery of a range of infrastructure faster and more efficient through…

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Housing Statistics: the latest

The accuracy of the official figures on housing output has been called into question and received prominent coverage in the national press. This briefing looks at the main sources of information and provides some cautionary words.

Ireland
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Housing: pre-general election special

Housing has risen up the political agenda since the 2010 general election. We look here at what we know so far about the housing proposals of the UK wide parties before their manifestos are published.

England & Wales
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Electoral Fraud – what next?

The Cabinet Office response to Eric Pickles’ review of electoral fraud, initiated after the election court judgement in Tower Hamlets, was published in late December 2016. The Electoral Commission published its analysis earlier in the autumn. This briefing summarises and comments on the response.

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Ofsted’s Social Care Annual Report, 2013–14

Ofsted’s 2013-14 on children’s social care (published this week) highlights the difficulties authorities face with increasing demand for services and continued intense public scrutiny; some authorities are performing well under difficult circumstances, but over half of local authorities are not yet good enough

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The New Ethical Regime for Northern Ireland’s Councillors

Summary The reorganisation of Northern Ireland’s councils in 2015 was heralded as the beginning of a process that would see the transfer of greater powers to the sector over the coming years. However, given the turbulent history of politics in that part of the world, there was a clear need for governance and ethics arrangements…

Ireland
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What is Industrial Strategy?

Theresa May stated that she wanted to see a “proper industrial strategy to get the whole economy firing”. This briefing provides an overview of what industrial strategy is, together with a brief history of industrial strategy in practice. It concludes with an overview of the possibilities for place-based industrial strategy.

England & Wales