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England policy round-up – June/July 2022

Our new, monthly policy round-up for England provides a summary of key policy and practice documents affecting local government. This edition covers policy/research papers from June and early July 2022, a period dominated by political instability, the cost of living crisis, gloomy economic news and industrial action.

England & Wales

Audit Committees and the impact of Covid in Ireland

This briefing looks at a recent Local Government Audit Service report on the impact of Covid on local government, providing a series of criteria that audit committees should consider in addressing their important role in each local authority.


All politics is local

Central government is barely functioning but, writes Jonathan Carr-West, while Westminster burns local government will of course keep the country running and carry on delivering the services that their communities need and rely on. It was ever thus.

England & Wales, Scotland

The Uluru Statement from the Heart: Understanding Local Government’s role

In his victory speech on election night on 21 May 2022, the leader of the Australian Labor Party, Anthony Albanese, renewed the incoming government’s commitment to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart. With this renewed focus, this briefing provides important background to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and outlines its relevance to local…


Scotland policy round-up June 22

This policy round-up is essential reading and provides a summary of key documents that impact local government in Scotland. From urban planning to finance, climate change to education, these publications will help to shape and inform policy and delivery of services in Scotland, including social, economic and environmental future policy contexts.


Reforming private renting in England

Section 21 or no-fault evictions are to be abolished as part of widespread proposals for reforming the private rented sector. Other proposals, set out in a new white paper, include a legally-binding decent homes standard for private rented homes, limiting rent increases and stronger enforcement powers for councils.

England & Wales

The Summer Reading Challenge – let’s get more children reading this summer

The Summer Reading Challenge is a free annual scheme encouraging primary school children to read at least six books from their local library over the summer months. It’s a vital motivator for children to keep reading when schools are shut – find out more about the scheme here.

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