January’s housing and planning round-up includes news about licensing private landlords, homelessness figures, barriers to house building and right to buy sales.
This briefing looks at Australia’s cities and regions, and how they function now and into the future, with a specific focus on employment density – and aims to answer the question: ‘is there such a thing as an ‘optimal’ size for a city or region?
It’s European Local Democracy Week and even as we celebrate the amazing contributions elected members have had on their communities as we publish our Cllr Awards shortlist, it’s also a time to reflect on the impact Covid-19 has had on democracy and on voting and what we need to do to make sure that our…
This briefing explains the main categories and features of the different EV technologies along with their potential long-term futures and, in addition, looks at some of the ways a council can smooth the transition of their fleet to plug-in electric vehicles.
Keep Scotland Beautiful’s latest research on littering not only spells out the horrifying facts, but recommends a bold, revised approach to safeguarding and improving the beauty and cleanliness of Scotland’s local environments. Barry Fisher, CEO, tells us more about the issue – and their eight-point cross-sector agenda for change.
This month’s housing and planning round-up is slightly different due to the election, with focus placed on outlining policies of the main parties in relation to housing and planning issues, alongside housing news and the latest consultations.
Bill Randall, former Leader and Chair of Housing Brighton and Hove City Council explains how more than 10,000 affordable homes are now on course to be delivered by 2021, thanks...
This briefing looks at the history of LEPs and considers the issues in a quickly changing local growth landscape, such as the implications for LEPs of combined authorities and regional mayors.
Severe flooding in 2015 prompted the government to review its flooding strategy. This briefing considers this review and also the report from the Environmental Audit Committee on flooding co-operation across government - with strong relevance for local authorities. The review did not cover governance.
The Barclay Review of Business Rates report was eagerly awaited by businesses, trade bodies, professionals, ratepayers, Councils and members of the public. It took around one year to complete and includes thirty individual recommendations. This article looks at the findings of the review, and considers the main issues and implications for local government.