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England policy round-up – April/May 2022

Our brand new, monthly policy round-up for England provides a summary of key policy and practice documents affecting local government in England. This edition covers policy/research papers from April and May 2022, a period dominated by the cost of living crisis, the Queen’s Speech and the local elections.

England & Wales

Equality in Health and Economic Outcomes

On 26 May 2022 SGS and LGiU Australia presented a live Q&A event looking at Equality in Health and Economic Outcomes. We invite you to watch the recording of the event.

Australia
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Primer: Housing

This Primer provides a detailed introduction to local authority housing issues; key topics covered include homelessness, house building and renting. It is written with new councillors in mind but should also be useful to others new to local government or wanting to find out more about housing.

England & Wales, Scotland
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The financial performance of local government in Ireland

This is the latest briefing in the LGIU series addressing the work of the Local Government Audit Service in Ireland. In this briefing, we focus on their examination of performance in Ireland’s local authorities in 2018.

Ireland
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Reconsidering the local-Federal relationship

This briefing looks at changing the dialogue between Local and Federal governments circa 2022, and local government representation on decisions of national importance. Specifically, National Cabinet processes and outcomes and what it may mean going forward for local government’s ability to set the agenda.

Australia
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The key pillars of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill

This briefing deals with the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill which is intended to enact some of the key pillars of the levelling up agenda. Most of the bill applies to England and Wales only, but there are some important UK-wide exceptions, which are set out in the briefing.

England & Wales, Scotland

Showcasing Good Practice: Local Government climate change case studies

The Improvement Service has launched an interactive collection of Local Government climate change case studies. Judi Kilgallon explains the efforts to showcase how councils across Scotland are working to drive change

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post