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.
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.
Funding pressures on social care are growing (to be eased somewhat by the precept announced by the Chancellor). The JRF report featured in this briefing investigates the impact of the proposed National Living Wage on the care sector and the costs and benefits of increasing pay to this level.
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 how councils can work effectively with the media, including tips for elected members and officers on how to approach interviews with journalists. It is the first in a series on local government communications.
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.
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.
This briefing summarises the commitments made in party manifestos on sport and the arts and culture. It also provides a background to the issues and comment.
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.
'Test, Risk, Change' was a four-year programme to engage a diverse range of 15-25 year olds in art galleries through partnership working with youth organisations. Improved motivation and confidence of participants was an outcome.