The Government has responded to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee report, First 1000 days of life, outlining a range of initiatives. MPs have debated the response: there remains some way to go to achieve an integrated strategy for children in the first two years of life.
The report is to the point: ‘There is simply not enough core funding … The Department’s recognition of this problem now needs to be translated into significant funding increases’ including a multi-billion pound funding increase and a ten-year plan. The DfE are consulting on financial transparency.
While the concept of the 20-minute neighbourhood has gained traction in recent years, where in the world has taken steps to achieve a practical application? This blog looks at global progress on achieving the model, looking at Melbourne, Paris, Seoul and more.
More services are being provided in-house by local and central government, with Covid-19 accelerating the move away from outsourcing. But has outsourcing really had its day? A new Institute for Government report sets out what councils should ask when deciding whether to insource.
The second Queen’s Speech of the year provided confirmation of the commitments made in the General Election campaign, as well as a few surprises in the form of reviews and Commissions. Here is what’s relevant for English local government.
This briefing introduces a new and exciting LGIU programme of work that is designed to share learning, inform and inspire officers, councillors and senior officers who are determined to drive a just and fair transition in their local areas.
This briefing outlines the proposals and policies the Scottish government intends to implement to maintain its status as a climate change “world-leader", and is relevant for those working in electricity, transport, planning, housing, environment, sustainability, waste, air quality and senior management, within Scotland and beyond.
Swift Read: Will new permitted development rights make high streets “predominantly residential” in the future?
The UK government published a consultation in December proposing more extensions to permitted development rights, including a new permitted development right to change shops, restaurants and offices into new homes without planning permission. The proposals have proved contentious, as were the ones in the recent white paper.
The DCMS Civil Society Strategy brings together the public sector, private businesses, charities and volunteers to tackle social problems and build a fairer society. Commitments include £165m to support community organisations, youth employment, address financial exclusion trial participatory democracy techniques, harness ‘tech for good’, and develop smarter and more flexible commissioning, social finance and public…
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is currently exhibiting the Housing Diversity SEPP – Explanation of Intended Effect. This briefing outlines the recent changes made to the Seniors SEPP, the proposed changes to the three housing-related SEPPs and the three new housing types.