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.
Rough sleepers have moved into hotels, evictions are banned and house building is subject to social distancing. So what exactly has happened so far, and what are the main issues as the lockdown eases? We also consider what lasting changes the pandemic may bring about.
The pandemic has highlighted various faults in the UK’s food systems, from the quality of free school meals and their provision over holidays to soaring food bank numbers. This briefing outlines some of the most recent issues and policies regarding food and poverty in Scotland, where food insecurity is more prevalent than in the rest…
Like the UK, Ireland has a homelessness crisis. The approach of the Irish government to dealing with the crisis has been markedly different to the UK government. Bob Jordan from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive explains what the response has been.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, key developments, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
Scottish Government have published the report “Ending Homelessness Together: High Level Action Plan.” The report outlines a number of actions to end homelessness, improve housing access and get people off the streets. This briefing covers the actions outlined in the report and considers the role of local government in ending homelessness.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
Overview of the likely devolution and local growth landscapes in early 2017, reflecting on the Autumn Statement 2016 and its aftermath
The government have said 300,000 extra homes could be provided each year by the mid-2020s. The most recent figures for housing supply show that 217,350 extra homes were delivered, or created, in England during 2016-17. We consider these figures here and comment on the releted measures announced in the Budget.
With Housing in Ireland continuing to be an issue of immediate importance, we're taking a look at how England, which is experiencing a similar housing crisis, is trying to address the matter.