The LGiU Think Tank Review covers outputs from think tanks relevant to local government in Ireland, the UK and Australia.
Councils and other social landlords are being held to account more forcibly by the Housing Ombudsman and tenants. This month’s roundup looks at the growth of tenant scrutiny, along with stories on rough sleeping, right to buy, evictions, Scotland’s 20-year housing vision and homes for key workers in London.
This panel session was moderated by Chris Eddy and VLGA CEO Kathryn Arndt, and the panel discussed community wealth building from their own varied perspectives and explored how local governments in both Australia and Scotland are utilising community wealth building initiatives.
With elections for the Scottish Parliament near, the main parties have all produced their manifestos. In this briefing we explore policies of the five major parties contesting the elections, and highlight some issues that local government can anticipate
Covid-19 again dominates the news and is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning roundup, including evictions and rough sleeping. The round up also covers stories on fire safety, leasehold reform, housebuilding and plans to require councils to sell vacant land for development.
The government have published a paper on the future audit of councils. The Audit Commission's closure may be delayed (denied by CLG). This briefing comments on how the Commission's functions could be carried out in future.
This briefing looks at a report which highlights the importance of the youth and arts sectors working together to champion positive change for young people - particularly disadvantaged young people and those with extra support needs.
The (former) Business, Innovation and Skills Committee published a report on the digital economy covering current government support for the digital economy, and issues such as the rise of ‘disruptive’ digital technologies, regulation and consumer protection, intellectual property, digital skills and the implications of Brexit for the UK’s digital industry.
Councils may not always appreciate how they are reported by the media. Yet if it wasn’t for journalists, most people would know far less about what councils do and about the importance of local government. We look here at how councils can work effectively with the media promoting positive stories.